Robbery, murder and family values

The mother of the man who allegedly shot and killed three jewelers in a two-month robbery spree has been charged as an accomplice in one of the robbery-murders, Newsday reports.

Nassau, N.Y., police reportedly said Christopher DiMeo’s mother, Maryann Taylor-Casey, went into J&J Jewels in Glen Head, N.Y., before a Dec. 21 robbery and scoped out merchandise her son could steal. Then she allegedly drove his getaway car after the robbery, which became a murder after jeweler Thomas Renison was fatally shot.

Taylor-Casey, 40, of Hicksville, N.Y., was arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead, N.Y., and ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

DiMeo’s 23-year-old girlfriend, Nicole Pearce is also charged with the murder of 48-year-old Renison.

It is not clear whether DiMeo’s mother helped her son carry out similar robberies in Fairfield, Conn.,where jewelers Timothy and Kimberly Ann Donnelly were slain Wednesday, and in Rockland County, N.Y., and Westbury, N.Y. DiMeo was charged in Connecticut for a capitol felony and could face the death penalty.

Police say Pearce and DiMeo, who were captured in Atlantic City on Friday, were hospitalized Wednesday at Nassau University Medical Center due to narcotic withdrawal. They are expected to be arraigned in the hospital.