A suspected robber charged with the attempted murder of a jeweler has been arrested during a routine traffic stop in Louisiana, reports the Jewelers’ Security Alliance. The suspect, identified as Reginald Waller, Jr., had been on JSA’s “Most Wanted” list since the summer.
Waller is accused of allegedly shooting a Baton Rouge, La., jeweler during a July 6 morning robbery. According to police and JSA, a man came in with a revolver and demanded the store’s money. When the jeweler came towards him, the robber shot him once in the abdomen, fired several shots into the store’s walls and pistol-whipped a female sales associate, causing significant trauma to her head. The robber then smashed two jewelry cases, and fled with jewelry and the cash box.
An arrest warrant was issued the same day by East Baton Rouge for the suspect, identified as Waller, charging him with armed robbery, attempted first degree murder, and possession of a firearm.
The suspect was arrested at the beginning of this month when he was stopped by New Orleans, La., police for a minor traffic violation. During a routine check, the police learned there was a warrant for him and he was arrested.
For information about recent crimes against the jewelry industry throughout the country, go to “Crime Reports by State” on JSA’s website at www.jewelerssecurity.org