A Federal Grand Jury has indicted three Philadelphia men on charges of robbery which interferes with interstate commerce, in connection with the November 3 robbery of a jewely store in Limerick.
According to a release by the United States Attorney's Office, Willie Hawkins Smith, Brian Marquise Sheed and Amin Abdur-Rahe Shabazz, all of Philadelphia, allegedly stole 12 wristwatches with an approximate value of $64,809 from the Ultra Diamonds jewelry store located on West Lightcap Road. The indictment adds that the trio used both actual and threatened force by brandishing and swinging a sledgehammer to threaten store employees and destroy property.
Due to Ultra Diamonds being an interstate chain that is headquartered out of Chicago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was tasked to handle the investigation. Local police departments from Limerick Township, Lower Pottsgrove, Upper Providence, Royersford and Philadelphia also aided in the investigation.
If convicted, the three men face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, along with a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas M. Zaleski.
Editor's note: a previous version of this article referred to the location of the robbery as Pottstown, but despite a Pottstown mailing address, the location was actually in Limerick Township. Our report has been updated to correct this mistake.
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