The Hammond Police Department (HPD), aided by the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD), was able to disrupt what is believed to be a criminal organization committing armed robberies at jewelry stores across multiple states.
“Had it not been for officers’ quick response, assistance from the Baton Rouge Police Department, as well as an attentive bystander, this case may have gone unsolved. It is a combined effort between local law enforcement agencies and citizens that helps stop crimes like this,” said HPD Chief Edwin Bergeron, Jr.
According to the HPD, on Feb. 13 authorities received a call from Kay Jewelers, at 201 Palace Dr. in Hammond, LA. Kay Jewelers informed the police that the store had been robbed. Three males wearing hoodies entered the store and broke into jewelry cases with sledgehammers. The store reported approximately $69,000 worth of jewelry was taken. The suspects fled in a white sedan with Texas license plates. A bystander photographed the vehicle as it sped away.
Officers immediately responded and started surveilling the area. Information quickly spread to law enforcement agencies all long the I-12 corridor. At approximately 6 p.m. BRPD stopped the suspect vehicle.
The following suspects were taken into custody and charged with one count of armed robbery: Ellis Gholson, 43 years old of Houston, TX; Kameron McCoy, 21 years old of Houston, TX; Frederick Gibson, Jr., 22 years old of Fresno, TX; and Travion Walker, 29 years old of Houston, TX.
The investigation is ongoing.