Friday, 15 February 2019 14:45

Man Convicted in Pawnshop Jewelry Heist

Feb.15, 2019 – A 29-year-old man has been convicted in a smash-and-grab robbery involving 47 pieces of jewelry that occurred in 2016 at a pawnshop on South Third, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich.
Ronnie K. Malone Jr. was convicted Thursday of robbery, robbery acting-in-concert, and theft of proper over $1,000. He remains in the Shelby County Jail and will be sentenced next month by Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft.
The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2016, at the Cash America Pawn in the 1900 block of South Third Street.
Investigators said Malone entered the store with a hammer, smashed a glass display case and took numerous pieces of jewelry valued at more than $7,000. Then he and a second man, who was standing at the front door with gun, fled the store and escaped in a Jeep Cherokee driven by a third man.
Malone was developed as a suspect and was identified with a tip to Crime Stoppers after video and photos of the incident were broadcast by the media. He was arrested a month later on Oct. 10. The other two men were never identified.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Abby Wallace and Sam Winnig of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit (SPU) in Division 8. The SPU seeks maximum sentencing for repeat felony offenders.