Arrest made in "interstate jewelry theft ring"

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- A man police believe is part of a three-state theft ring has been arrested in connection with burglaries at three stores in the Louisville area including a huge heist over the weekend.

After a collaboration among St. Matthews Police, LMPD and the FBI, investigators believe they have their first break in the theft ring.

Thirty-two-year-old Yussuan Chamizo was arrested and charged late Thursday afternoon in connection to the break-ins, but it's believed two others are on the run.

The most recent break-in was over the weekend at Genesis Diamonds on Shelbyville Road.

Investigators said the intruders found their way in through the roof and got away with at least $100,000 worth of jewelry.

"We do not believe they're local. We have an idea where they're from and we're pursuing those leads as we speak," said Dennis McDonald, St. Matthews Police detective.

Police say the group could be behind 40 or more burglaries across three states, including Kentucky, Colorado and Florida.

It's unknown if the three have been working together but detectives say it's obvious they know what they're doing and have been doing it for a long time.

"Well I can tell you that they're very professional. Everything they do is well planned. They're very deliberate and disciplined in how they commit these crimes," said McDonald.

Police think the culprits have also broken into the Oxmoor Mall Macy's and Treasures Jewelry at Jefferson Mall.

Special Agent Mary Troutman with the FBI said it's important for businesses to take extra security measures until all suspects are caught.

"Being vigilant about people casing during operating hours," said Troutman.

At a press conference Thursday, McDonald credited good police work for the arrest of Chamizo.

"We pooled our resources and were able to bring this case, at least at this point, to somewhat of a conclusion," he told media.

Yussuan is charged with burglary and tampering with physical evidence. He pleaded not guilty in court Friday morning, and was ordered held at Metro Corrections on a $25,000 cash bond.

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