Owner of Jewelry Lab speaks out after police make three arrests in connection with the burglary

Updated: 08/20/2014 5:21 PM
Created: 08/20/2014 11:51 AM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

The owner of the jewelry store held up in a heist two weeks ago spoke to News10NBC today. This comes just hours after police arrested three men for the crime.

Qzay Clark, Thomas Pryor and Alexander Kates are accused of holding the store manager and his family hostage overnight, then taking the keys and security code to the store and burglarizing it the next morning. All three men pled not guilty in court this morning.

Right now, there are still a lot of questions – how do the suspects know each other, when did they start plotting this attack and where's the jewelry?

For the store owner, the suspects took $250,000 worth of gold and diamonds and she didn't have insurance.

“It is a big, big relief for me my family all my friends who work here.” Mimi Salib is back in her store. The cases are stocked with rings and necklaces but she's still out a quarter of a million dollars. She says her in-store security camera video shows three men coming through the front glass doors wearing masks and gloves. Police have that video now.

Today she saw the pictures and video of the three men arrested.

Berkeley Brean: “Do you know them at all? Have you met any of them at all?”
Mimi Salib “No not really. We have a lot of customers in and out all the time. I didn't recognize those people from the pictures that much.”

The three men are charged with kidnapping, robbery, burglary and assault. They were arraigned in Greece Town Court this morning.

Greece Police say they interviewed one of the suspects before today and that led to the raid at a house in Spencerport last week.

News10NBC’S Rebecca Leclair interviewed the prosecutor this morning. She asked Assistant District Attorney Matthew Schwartz if there was one thing that helped break the case. He said, “Great police work.”

We asked police if the suspects knew the victims and if the victims had any involvement. Greece Police Sergeant Jared Rene said, “We have no reason to believe that they were anything but true victims.”

Salib said, “Thank you for all the Greece Police and all the investigators that they catch these people.”

We tried to reach the store manager and his family but they are not at their apartment. However, we received a statement from the family of the victims that said, “We are so relieved that the police arrested the three criminals that committed this heinous crime and we hope that they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law and brought to justice. We extend our sincere thanks to the Greece Police and other law enforcement for the outstanding job to find and arrest these individuals specifically for the complex nature of the crime and we thank the media for covering the story and their concern for the safety of the community. We also ask the management of North Glen Apartments and the Greece Ridge Center to significantly improve the security situation in these places to prevent such crimes from happening again.”

The suspects are due back in court for a hearing on Monday but the case might get waived to a Grand Jury before then.

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