Anaheim: Armed Jewelry Store Robbery & Shooting Suspects Arrested Following Pursuit In U-Haul Box Truck

07.16.2022 | 1:26 AM | ANAHEIM – A pair of suspects wanted in connection with a jewelry store shooting and robbery in Arizona were arrested following an hour-long pursuit in a U-Haul box truck, early Saturday morning.

The pursuit began somewhere in Huntington Beach around 1:26 AM and continued on surface streets before making its way onto area freeways.

Officers pursued the U-Haul truck for over an hour as it traveled to Corona and back into the Anaheim Hills area before exiting onto city streets.

Two sets of successful spike strips were deployed during the pursuit that slowed the vehicle and allowed officers to execute a PIT maneuver near the intersection of East Canyon Rim Road and Vía Corral around 2:50 AM.

Mathew Jones, 22, and Helen Simmons, 18, were charged with a Jul. 12, 2011 jewelry store robbery and shooting after leading police on a hour-long pursuit. Photos by Huntington Beach Police Department via Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Both the male driver and female passenger, identified as respectively, were subsequently taken into custody without incident.

The duo were subsequently charged in connection with a Jul. 12, 2022 robbery and shooting at a jewelry store in Anthem, AZ.

The robbery and shooting at Andrew Z Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, located in the 3600 block of West Anthem Way, occurred around 6:00 PM when the pair entered the store wearing all black and motorcycle helmets.

Surveillance video of the robbery showed one suspect point a gun at employees and customers while another smashed jewelry cases.

The pair then sped off on a motorcycle later prompting officials to partner with the FBI in offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

Two motorcycle and a motorcycle believed to have have been used by the suspects in the armed robbery discovered inside the box truck.

Jones is being held in lieu of $1 million bail and Simmons was jailed in lieu of a $500,000 bond on numerous felony charges related to the jewelry store robbery and shooting.

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