Jewelry Store Robbery Suspect Pleads Guilty
JACKSON, Tenn. – A former jewelry store employee suspected of orchestrating Jackson’s biggest jewelry heist ever has entered a guilty plea.
According to Jackson police, Lee Triplett, who was an employee at Little’s Jewelry at the time of the theft, pleaded guilty to one county of robbery and two counts of kidnapping, Wednesday.
As a part of the plea agreement, Triplett will spend 18 years in prison and pay back $57,000 in restitution.
Police said Triplett and two of his co-workers were forced into a bathroom when a man, armed with a handgun, entered the store and robbed it on February 11, 2011. One of the workers at the store was pistol-whipped in the incident.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry was stolen in the heist. After investigating the case, police determined that Triplett had a part in planning the crime and charged him.
The alleged gunman, James Randle, is set to make his next court appearance January 9, 2013. He is also charged with robbery and kidnapping.