San Francisco jewelry heist suspect surrenders
By Adam Martin, Bay City News Service
March 11, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The third and final suspect in one
of San Francisco's largest robberies ever surrendered himself
to police this week.
Devin Troy Smith, 43, of San Francisco, gave himself "completely
out of the blue,'' according to San Francisco police Inspector
"He knew he had the outstanding arrest warrant and he turned
himself into the sheriff's office around noon on Monday,'' Lt.
John Loftus said.
Smith and two accomplices are accused of breaking into the Lang
Estate Jewelry store on April 7, 2003 via a rear wall. His brother,
Dino Smith, was convicted in November and sentenced to 23 years
in state prison, according to police. Co-defendant George Smith
pleaded guilty in the case and awaits sentencing.
Smith's co-defendants did not give any information to lead to
his arrest, Gardner said. Smith gave himself up on his own accord.
Gardner said today that Smith was instrumental in the robbery.
"(Smith) burglarized a vacant restaurant, cut a hole in
the wall and laid in wait to false imprison and rob the employees
of the jewelry store,'' Gardner said. The robbers held up the
four people who came in to open the store at about 9 a.m., Gardner
said. They made off with about $5 million worth of merchandise,
Smith faces four counts of armed robbery, two counts of burglary,
four counts of false imprisonment, one count of being a felon
in possession of a firearm and one count of conspiracy, Gardner
said. He is due to be arraigned Tuesday.
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