Santa Monica police have arrested three Reno men in connection with the armed robbery of a jewelry store April 14.
Officers were called at 4:50 p.m. to Tala Jewelry in the 1300 block of Montana Avenue, where witnesses said that three African-American men, armed with at least one handgun, allegedly entered the store in a “takeover-style robbery,” Sgt. Richard Lewis said.
The suspects allegedly smashed several display cases and stole an undetermined amount of jewelry, Lewis said. The store owner was the only person inside at the time and was not injured.
Within minutes of receiving the call, officers located the suspects driving in the area of Centinela and Delaware avenues, but the suspects got out of the car in the 3300 block of Centinela and fled in different directions on foot, Lewis said.
After police set up two large perimeters and several law enforcement agencies searched the area, the first suspect was found hiding in a nearby garage. The second suspect was located about one hour later and surrendered to officers in the same area, Lewis said.
The two suspects were identified as Darveyon Terrell Davis, 24, of Reno, and Delina Frank Banks, 24, of Reno.
At about 6:25 a.m. the following day, police received a call in the 1900 block of Warwick Avenue from a resident who alleged that an African-American suspect had stolen his bicycle from his backyard and fled. Officers located the bicycle in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in the 2900 block of Pico, where they found the third robbery suspect inside the restroom, Lewis said. The third suspect, who was taken into custody without incident, is identified as Donya Shannon Conner, 22, of Reno.
The three suspects were each booked with kidnapping, robbery, and conspiracy to commit a crime, with bail set at $1 million each, Lewis said. Conner and Davis were additionally booked with resisting arrest.
Investigators recovered evidence taken from Tala Jewelry and a handgun believed to have been used in the crime, Lewis said. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Dan Larios at (310) 458-8937, Sgt. Ira Rutan at (310) 458-8959 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.