Your Jewels Are Safe – Suspect Nabbed

Milford police think they have their hands on a jewel thief who made the rounds on the East Coast and Midwest and pilfered more then $2 million in pricey jewels.

It took almost four years, but police nabbed one suspect in a jewelry store robbery on a fingerprint match.

The fiasco started on March 13, 2004 when Milford police got a call from Whitehall Jewelers at 1201 Boston Post Road.

One person, an unknown accomplice, distracted an employee and Quinton Garrus, 45, of Baltimore, entered the back room area and took keys that opened a display case, police said.

He opened the case and took six diamond rings valued at $52,500, police said.

The store manager chased the men and stopped to pick up two rings that Garrus threw on the floor, police said. He got the rings but not the robbers.

Police identified Garrus when his fingerprints matched those from a man police in Jacksonville, Fla. arrested on Nov. 6, 2006.

Garrus’ problems expanded when police from many departments across the East Coast and the Midwest -- started working together and realized that he might be behind multiple jewelry thefts that resulted in more than $2 million dollars of jewelry being stolen.

Police agencies in Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Michigan, Idaho, Virginia, California and Ohio have pending warrants for Garrus. He has already been arrested in Maryland, North Carolina and New Jersey.

Garrus was released from a New Jersey correctional facility after serving time and he waived extradition to Milford.

Garrus and two other men are accused in the Whitehall Jewelry heist. Those men have not been identified.

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