Suspected Jewelry Store Robbers Caught
7 Eyewitness News Staff
Two men are in custody in other states accused of a jewelry store robbery in Savannah.
According to the U.S. Marshal Service, Brian James Beckwith and Gerald Stephen Cassell were arrested after a multi-state manhunt. The pair is suspected of robbing Livingston’s Jewelry on April 14.
Savannah police and the TBI investigated the daylight jewelry heist. During the robbery, two men armed with handguns entered the store and took cash and jewelry from the owner. Investigators say when the two fled the scene they dropped a bag containing the jewelry which was recovered by police but managed to escape with cash.
After Beckwith and Cassell were identified as suspects, investigators learned the pair had left the area. According to a news release, both had recently both been released from prison and were from Clearwater, Florida.
When investigators learned the two had fled Tennessee they reached out to the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force which initiated a multi-state manhunt for the two.
Marshals eventually located where the two were hiding and on Beckwith was arrested by the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force in Chicago, Illinois, Tuesday. Authorities said Beckwith was armed with a 9mm Handgun when he was arrested.
The two had apparently split up after the robbery and investigators said information developed during Beckwith’s arrest indicated Cassell was in the Toledo, Ohio area.
Early Friday morning Marshals with the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force said they found Cassell staying at his sister’s house. He was arrested and transported to the Lucas County jail in Toledo.
Both men are expected to be extradited to Tennessee to face the robbery charges.