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'Interstate jewelry theft ring' busted in Louisville

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St. Matthews Police Detective Dennis McDonald St. Matthews Police Detective Dennis McDonald
The most recent of the three burglaries took place at Genesis Diamonds around 1 a.m. on June 21. The most recent of the three burglaries took place at Genesis Diamonds around 1 a.m. on June 21.
Yussuan Chamizo (Source: LMDC) Yussuan Chamizo (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – St. Matthews Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a man Thursday in connection with three jewelry store burglaries in the Louisville area.

Investigators arrested Yussuan Chamizo, 32, at a home in the 3200 block of Chinquapin Lane in Louisville, St. Matthews Police Det. Dennis McDonald said.

But more arrests may come. Police are still searching for two other men who teamed with Chamizo in a theft ring to steal jewelry from at least 40 stores in three states, McDonald said.

"They're very professional,"McDonald said. "Everything they do is very well thought-out, very planned, and very disciplined."

Police said Chamizo and the other two men were responsible for burglaries at Genesis Diamonds in St. Matthews, Macy's in Oxmoor Center and Treasures in Jefferson Mall since the beginning of the year.

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The most recent of the three burglaries took place at Genesis Diamonds on Shelbyville Road around 1 a.m. Saturday. The thieves got away with about $100,000 of jewelry, mostly watches, McDonald said.

Police declined to name the two other suspects, but said they're actively pursuing leads to find them.

The FBI was already looking into cases from Florida and Colorado when St. Matthews Police and Louisville Metro Police discovered similarities in the local burglaries, said Mary Trotman, a spokesman for the FBI.

"Be vigilant about individuals that may appear to be casing during operating hours," Trotman warned business owners.

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