Jewelry heist suspects charged in more robberies

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comJune 26, 2013 

— Three men arrested earlier this week in a jewelry store heist are now facing charges in the armed robberies of three other businesses.

Denzel Timothy Rasheem Shivers, 19, Vendai Laprist Irick, 22, both of Fuquay-Varina, and Rodney Jerrod Devin Byrd, 20, of Cary, are charged with kidnapping an employee of Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, 6813 Fayetteville Road, in Durham and forcing her to unlock the store so they could burglarize it. They also robbed the clerk and stole her car.

Having received a report of a robbery in progress, officers arrived as the three were pulling away from the store in two cars. The suspects departed in separate directions with police cruisers in pursuit.

The car driven by Shivers crashed on Meridian Parkway. The second vehicle – carrying Irick and Byrd – crashed on Kit Creek Road in Cary, and the two ran away. They both turned themselves in on Tuesday, according to Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

Cary investigators on Wednesday also charged all three men with the June 2 armed robbery of the McDonald’s at 869 SE Maynard Road, and the June 17 armed robbery of a store manager at Wells Fargo bank branch, 1201 Walnut St.

Shivers is additionally charged with the armed robbery of a Bojangle’s restaurant employee on March 2, according to a Town of Cary news release.

For all of these charges, Irick could face up to 37 years in jail, Byrd could face up 23 years in jail, and Shivers could face up to 50 years in jail, the Cary news release states.

All are being held in the Wake County Detention Center, and additional charges are pending further investigation.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service