SAVANNAH, GA (October 2, 2013): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police and the Southeast Regional Felony Task Force (SERFTF) of the U.S. Marshal’s Service arrested two suspects tied to crimes in Metro’s Downtown, Southside and Islands precinct areas.
Tuesday, Metro’s K-9 Unit partnered with SERFTF to arrest 20-year-old Rashamel Gardner at a residence on the 900 block of Waters Avenue, in recent jewelry store robberies. Gardner is believed to be one of two male suspects who on Aug. 13, stole merchandise from F.P. Wortley Jewelers on the 8100 block of Abercorn Street. Investigators say the suspects took a stainless steel Rolex.
Metro’s Downtown Precinct Detectives have charged Gardner with robbing a Downtown Savannah Jewelry Store of a Rolex watch worth $38,000 on Aug. 1.
An accomplice with him has not been identified.
Also on Tuesday, Metro’s Islands Precinct Crime Suppression Unit and SERFTF arrested Clarence R. Fleming III, 19, of the 2200 block of Hanson Street, for a shooting and robbery near Rockefeller and Joe streets on June 22 that left one man critically injured.
Fleming is one of two suspects charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and attempted armed robbery in this case.
Anyone with information on the identity of the second jewelry store robbery suspect or the location of the watch is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
A confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.