Five indicted with EC jewelry store heist


From staff reports

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

RALEIGH — Five men have been indicted on federal armed robbery and firearms charges in connection with the armed heists of Kay Jewelers stores in Elizabeth City and Garner earlier this year.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern District of North Carolina, all five men are accused of taking part in the July 28 robbery of the Kay Jewelers in the 3800 block of Conlon Way at Tanglewood Pavilions and the Oct. 11 robbery of the Kay Jewelers on Eagle Wing Way in Garner.

The suspects include Charles Anthony Walker Jr, 53, of High Point; Christopher Wellington Brown, 48, of Chapel Hill; Malik Shawn Maynard, 48, of Durham, Byryon Jacobee Sparks, 25, of Greensboro; and Joey Wayne Chambers, 23, of High Point.

In the Elizabeth City robbery, a spokeswoman for the city police department said two men entered the jewelry store about 8:08 p.m. and posed as potential customers. They then left the store for several minutes before returning and ordering the two employees at gunpoint to give them cash and jewelry. A third man also entered the store before the robbery and then left while it was taking place, the police spokeswoman said.

During the robbery, the suspects handcuffed one Kay Jewelers employee and made the other empty jewelry cases, the police spokeswoman said. Neither employee was harmed in the robbery, although one was found handcuffed when police arrived.

The three men left the shopping center’s parking lot in two vehicles, one a late-model Mercedes Benz ML 350 SUV, the other a late-model Toyota Sienna van.

During both holdups, Walker, Brown and Maynard are accused of brandishing firearms, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Each faces a sentence of not less than 32 years in federal prison and five years of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Chambers and Sparks face up to 20 years in federal prison and three years of supervised release.

A federal grand jury seated in Raleigh returned a five-county indictment against the men on Monday.

The investigation that led to the five arrests and indictments was conducted by the FBI and the police departments in Elizabeth City, Garner and Greensboro.