LAWRENCEVILLE -- Authorities have detained an elusive suspect wanted in connection with a pair of jail-orchestrated Gwinnett jewelry store robberies from earlier this year.
Simone Simon, 33, was arrested Thursday by Gwinnett sheriff's deputies and U.S. Marshals after they received information he was staying at a Baymont Inn and Suites hotel in Smyrna. Law enforcement forced themselves into Simon's room and detained him after a brief struggle, sheriff's department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said.
Simon was the fourth, and presumably final, robber alleged to be involved in crimes in February and March of this year.
On Feb. 9, suspects Terrence Nathanial Talley, Nicholas Moss, Cedrick Salley and Simon are believed to have robbed the Barron's Fine Jewelry on Scenic Highway in Snellville, making out with about $20,000 in merchandise.
The big take came about six weeks later, when the trio hit the Tara Fine Jewelry at 1829 Buford Highway in Buford. Armed with handguns and hammers, they reportedly escaped with about $1 million worth of jewelry. An elderly customer was struck in the head with a hammer during the incident.
Talley, Moss and Salley were all previously arrested.
While warrants were issued for Simon in July, he remained on the lam for about six months. His arrest Thursday, Bourbonnais said, was "a cumulative effort by Gwinnett police Department, Gwinnett Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshal's Office, Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Fulton County Marshal's Office and Atlanta Police Department."
Simon has been charged with two counts of armed robbery.
In October, officials told the Daily Post that repeat convict Deuntria Lamar Lyons was orchestrating the robberies from his cell at the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville.