1 arrested, 2 sought in jewelry store robberies

Nicholas Moss and Simone Simon

Nicholas Moss and Simone Simon

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett County police have identified three suspects in a pair of armed jewelry store robberies that occurred earlier this year, two of which remain on the lam.

On Feb. 9, two men entered Barron’s Fine Jewelry at 1850 Scenic Highway in Snellville, stealing about $20,000 worth of jewelry at gunpoint. A third man acted as a lookout, police said.

Several weeks later on March 22, four men robbed the Tara Fine Jewelry at 1829 Buford Highway in Buford while armed with handguns and hammers. One suspect reportedly struck a customer on the head with a hammer, and the crooks made out with nearly $1 million in jewelry and watches, police said.

Officials announced Monday that Terrence Nathaniel Talley, 28, of East Point had been arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery for his alleged role in the thefts. Gwinnett County jail records show he is being held without bond.

After “eliminating several possible suspects,” Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said Monday that investigators have now identified 31-year-old Nicholas Moss and 33-year-old Simone Simon as Talley’s accomplices.

“Simon and Moss have not been located and are still at large,” Smith said.

Anyone with information regarding their location is asked to call 770-513-5300.

Members of the GCPD robbery unit have been working the cases since the incidents occurred, Smith said, primarily with help from the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, Snellville police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and United States Marshalls also contributed.

For now, Simon, Moss and Talley will face armed robbery charges, though more may follow “pending the outcome of the investigation,” Smith said.

“A few watches and pieces of jewelry have been recovered, but the bulk of the stolen items are still unaccounted for,” Smith said.