Pair charged in second daylight theft at JC jewelry store

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Two North Carolina women have been charged in a daylight theft at a Johnson City jewelry store.

Thursday morning’s theft of rings valued at more than $60,000 from Gregory Isbell Jewelry, 214 E. Mountcastle Dr., was the second incident at that jeweler in a week.

According to Johnson City police, a woman, later identified as Victoria McGhee, 37, Mooresville, N.C., went into the store Thursday around 11:30 a.m. and asked an employee to show her two diamond rings, which she then took and ran from the store. She got into an SUV where a driver, later identified as Tammy Collen, 55, Statesville, N.C., was waiting.

Police stopped that SUV on Interstate 26 and charged McGhee with theft of property over $60,000. Collen was charged with being an accessory after the fact for theft of property over $60,000.

The women were being held in the Washington County Detention Center on $10,000 bonds each. They were scheduled to be arraigned in Sessions Court on Monday morning.

Johnson City police were still investigating another, unrelated, daylight robbery at Gregory Isbell that happened Aug. 11. In that robbery, witnesses said a man with a gun smashed a glass display and took an undisclosed amount of jewelry. He reportedly left on an ATV, which was found a short distance from the store.

Anyone with information about the Aug. 11 robbery should call police at (423) 434-6166 or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 434-6158.  To send a confidential tip text 423JCPD and your tip to 847411 (TIP411) or send a tip to www.citizenobserver.com. You can also send messages via the Johnson City Police Department Website http://www.johnsoncitytn.org/police/cid/

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