Jewelry Store Managers Chase Down Theft Suspect

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The owner and sales manager at an Arden-Arcade jewelry store stopped a theft attempt themselves by chasing down and restraining a suspect who allegedly attempted to grab an expensive necklace and flee Thursday morning.

Aquamarine Jewelers sales manager Joshua Atkins said a man who posed as a customer asked to try on a gold necklace, worth $22,000, and then pretended to make a cell phone call while another man approached the door from the outside and asked to be buzzed into the store.

The second subject was wearing a bandana but stood facing away from the store, Atkins said.

“From my angle all I could see was the back of a person, waiting to be buzzed [in],” he said.

When Atkins hit the button to open the door, both men bolted away from the store, but Atkins and business owner Imen Nasrawi gave chase without hesitation.

“I knew it was a grab-and-run so instantly I took off after them,” Nasrawi said.

The second man hopped into a car and was able to escape, but the first suspect couldn’t outrun Atkins and instead turned to fight him. The physical altercation did not last long, Atkins said.

“I put him in a rear naked choke,” he said, adding that he is a mixed-martial arts (MMA) and Muay Thai fighting instructor.

Imen quickly helped subdue and restrain the suspect, identified as 19-year-old David Gibson, until deputies arrived to make the arrest.

The suspects may have picked a bad target for their alleged theft attempt: Imen has worked with Sheriff’s investigators in a sting operation to catch a man who tried to buy jewelry with a dead man’s credit cards, and the store hasn’t yet been robbed.

Gibson will face charges of grand theft. He bailed out of jail Thursday evening.

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  1. Bailed after bailed out says:

    Bailed out of jail. You will never see him again. When people are this stupid to try to rob a place in broad daylight, they don’t deserve bail. But then again, we aren’t talking about what’s right or wrong. we’re talking about the law. Go figure.

  2. Ha, Ha, Ha. says:

    Joshua, it really doesn’t work when you try to look like a bad azz in you mugshot………….when you have such rosy cheeks……………

    lighten up on the blush…………loser

    1. Ha ha ha ha says:

      Joshua???? Hey can you even read?? Who’s the loser??

  3. T Vang says:

    That could be the same group that keep trying jewelry and took off with it. Jewelry stores, if someone is asking to see something expensive, close the doors and then allow them to try/see it. Who do you trust, no one. The law can’t protect anyone anymore. Look, he just got bill out. Tomorrow, he will do it again.

  4. What a punk says:

    Headline should be, “Chubby Cheek thief gets butt kicked”

  5. The Blogger says:

    Nice to see that the guy was caught. I wonder if he Tapped Out?

    http://www.sacramento-blog-uncut.blogspot.com

  6. Chupadme L. Pito says:

    This guy is obviously a joto.

    1. Jonathan says:

      You must be a no-good low life trash using such foul language. LOSER!

  7. jim says:

    But it’s ok for the jewelry store owners to rob people by selling way over priced trinklets.

    1. free will says:

      Jim, nobody make you buy the trinkets……….

    2. Jonathan says:

      if you think they are overpriced DON’T BUY THERE.

  8. No Where to Run Baby, No Where to Hide. says:

    Well we can all figure out that the other guy who got away was probably his best friend. So, anyone who knows this guy and his friend that got away, should come forward and let the police know who he is.

    Should not be to hard to figure out… And, file charges against him as well.

    This guy is going to Prison for awhile….. Enjoy your freedom for now. You will lose your freedom at the trial… I forsee about a 3-5 year sentence & 5 years probation & 5,000 hours community service.

  9. Good job shop owner. says:

    Life is hard when you try to be a thug……….and you have a chubby baby face………… Prison might be a little rough……

    1. Jonathan says:

      Prison might be a little rough…..but deserving.

  10. melanie says:

    The criminals name is not JOSHUA!!! The criminals name is: DAVID GIBSON. Read carefully, dont ruin the local heros rep.

  11. shizzle says:

    GOOD JOB JOSH AND IMAN!!! GOOD TO SEE YOU CAUGHT THE THIEF AND GOT YOUR JEWELRY BACK!! AWESOME! AND BY THE WAY YOUR PRICES ARE GREAT i DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT WIERDO JIM IS TALKING ABOUT…. HE PROBABLY IS IN ALIGNMENT WITH THE THIEVES…. I WENT IN TO YOUR STORE ABOUT A MONTH AGO AND LOVE YOUR UNIQUE CUSTOM WORK! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!

  12. Dave says:

    Good work, one more loser arrested…too bad he was allowed bail to go rob again.

  13. Chupadme L. Pito says:

    Actually my full name is Jonathan Maychupa L.Pito

  14. Some people never learn says:

    Outstanding Job Joshua…………….. David e is low life thieving trash, he will be in prison someday.

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