Sean McMillan has lived at the Boardwalk Apartments for approximately two years, he described most of the residents as families and college students.
"It's mostly a good crowd, but sometimes, we do have the cops down here roaming around," he said. "It's a little fishy."
Monday night at the Boardwalk Apartments was no different; Gainesville Police arrested 23-year-old Kendra Jones and Latoya Williams, 22, on charges of grand theft from CJ Jewelers inside the Oaks Mall during shopping hours. According to police, the trickiest piece of the puzzle was not trying to figure out who did it, it was trying to figure what the women were thinking when they came up with their plan.
Witnesses reported the two women walked into the mall with a tire iron, hid behind a wall next to the shop, then smashed a glass case and grabbed all the jewelry.
"The second they committed this well planned-out crime, everyone was pointing and calling law enforcement," Gainesville Police Lt. Keith Kameg said. "It's comical."
Kameg said the women then got into Jones' car in plain sight of witnesses and drove straight back to Jones' home at the Boardwalk Apartments, where and officer was waiting.
"One of the first things the officer noticed was the large amount of gold jewelry that her and her friend were wearing," Kameg said.
The two women got out of the mall with $9876 worth of gold jewelery, but police said they just did not think about what to do next.
"It was just so poorly planned out, poorly thought out, and poorly executed," Kameg explained. "It's almost comical that they thought this would work."
The two women are currently in Alachua County Jail being held without bond, and even though he doesn't know Jones or Williams, McMillan said he could not believe it when he heard their story:
"It's stupid to think you're going to not get caught by doing something like that."
By Ted Latiak, WCJB TV20 News.
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