EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) - A 23-year-old Metro East woman used juveniles to help steal approximately $100,000 worth of jewelry from a local store last month, the Madison County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.
According to Captain T. Mike Dixon, a sheriff's office spokesman, deputies were called to a home in the 3100 block of W. Chain of Rocks Road in Granite City on the morning of Tuesday, September 3 in reference to a disturbance.
The person living in the home was having a dispute with a relative, identified as Geneshia Grey, Dixon said.
While deputies investigated the disturbance, another family member handed a deputy a plastic bag containing nearly five dozen empty jewelry boxes. This family member told deputies that Grey was involved in some type of criminal activity connected to the empty jewelry boxes.
Although the jewelry boxes could not be immediately linked to any reported or known criminal actions, deputies seized them anyway, Dixon said.
The sheriff's office determined the empty jewelry boxes came from Hurley and Company Jewelry in Granite City. Store representatives confirmed the boxes and their contents were stolen. They had been working to determine an exact time of the theft being reporting the incident to authorities.
Investigators determined the jewelry store was robbed on August 27. In reviewing store surveillance footage, Dixon said deputies saw Geneshia Grey enter the store with two juvenile children. Grey would allegedly distract employees on duty while the children placed the stolen jewelry in Grey's purse and a second bag.
At present, Dixon said investigators have recovered approximately $10,000 worth of the stolen jewelry.
Geneshia Grey remains at-large and is believed to be residing in East St. Louis. She's been charged in absentia with burglary and contributing to the criminal delinquency of a minor.
Anyone with information on Grey's whereabouts is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff's Office at 618-692-0871 or 618-296-3000.