Cops Say Philly Couple Robbed Jewelry Store And Left Behind 4-Year-Old Son

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From The Philadelphia Inquirer

Police have arrested two people accused of robbing a South Street jewelry store this weekend, then leaving behind their 4-year-old son in their bid to escape.

John Benson, 47, and Sheakia Stubbs, 31, were arrested this morning after midnight at the Hub Motel at 7605 Roosevelt Boulevard.

Police said the couple entered the Platinum Ice and Jewelry Store at 621 South Street Saturday afternoon with their 4-year-old son in tow. They asked to look at ladies’ rings.

Capt. Laurence Nodiff, commander of South Detectives, said taking the boy made the couple appear like legitimate shoppers.

“I think it’s unbelievable that you’d take a child with you to commit a crime,” he said.

While shopping, the couple created a diversion and Benson grabbed a tray of 15 rings, worth $50,000, from behind the counter, police said.

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