On 10/5/22, three men were indicted by a federal grand jury for their involvement in a brazen smash and grab robbery that occurred at a jewelry store in Beverly Hills, CA on 3/23/22. The suspects, identified as Jimmy Lee Vernon III, 31, Ladell Tharpe, 37, and Deshon Bell, 20, were charged with conspiracy and interference with a robbery. The subjects allegedly stole 19 bracelets, 4 necklaces, 7 pairs of earrings, a pair of obelisks, 8 rings, and 20 watches. Two days after the robbery, on 3/25/22, Tharpe posted large stacks of money on his Instagram account that praised his “robbery gang.” If convicted, each defendant could face up to 20 years in prison for each count. The suspects were arrested last month. Click here to see footage of the crime. Click here to see footage of the robbery.

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