GREECE, N.Y. -- The Mall at Greece Ridge responded Thursday to questions about how a mall jewelry store was robbed on Aug. 7.
Three men were arrested earlier this week and charged with kidnapping, robbery and grand larceny. Police said Alexander Kates, Thomas Pryor and Qzay Clark were behind the crime.
Police said on Aug. 6, a manager of The Jewelry Lab was followed to a Greece apartment, confronted, and tied up, and later on, so were his spouse and son.
Court paperwork stated the next morning, the men took the employee's keys, identification, and codes, and left in the employees car to rob the store. The store manager said around $250,000 worth of jewelry was taken.
The mall statement reads, in full:
The Mall at Greece Ridge has over 140 different stores, which collectively employee over 1,500 full and part-time staff.
The suspects involved in the theft at the Jewelry Lab entered the store under the guise of store employees. They entered the premise with a key and code to de-activate the alarm system, which had it gone off, would have alerted mall security and authorities. The incident occurred during the hours the mall doors are open to the public for mall walkers, store employees and a few stores. To anyone passing by, they could have been construed as store employees, prepping the store to open and/or take inventory in the morning. This was not a breach of security.
Greece Ridge’s security did everything according to procedure, including cooperating with the Greece Police Department to aid in the investigation and arrest.