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CPD nabs suspected jewel thieves

Three arrested for theft of $30,000 diamond ring

Three suspects are in custody after their arrest for the theft of a $30,000 ring from the Conroe Diamond Exchange located in the 1400 block of North Loop 336 West.

Tristan Demond Sampson, 27, Leslie Eugene Johnson, 44 and 50-year-old Kavin Jerome Earvin were charged with third-degree felony theft. If convicted, they face two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Around 11:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Conroe Police were dispatched to the Conroe Diamond Exchange where store employees told officers two black males went into the store and asked to look at a ring. When the salesperson took out the ring, one of the men forcibly took the ring from the salesperson, while the second man tried to reach over the counter and take more rings from the open showcase.

The pair ran from the store and jumped into a waiting red Chevrolet Blazer driven by a third man. They then fled the parking lot.

Alert employees noted the direction of travel and the color and type of vehicle, which they gave to the investigating officers. A description of the vehicle was broadcast on police radios and soon after, CPD patrol officers saw the SUV near the intersection of N. Loop 336 and Longmire Rd., less than a mile from the store. The patrol officers stopped the vehicle and arrested its three occupants.

Investigators learned the suspects threw the $30,000 ring from the window of the vehicle before they were pulled over. The stolen ring was found in some grass a few yards from the vehicle.

Additional details will be provided as they become available.

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