Clark County

Police: Arrests in Winchester jewelry thefts could happen Thursday

Winchester police have tentatively identified two suspects in three recent Wal-Mart thefts in which thousands of dollars of jewelry were taken, detective Danny Thomas said.

Thomas did not name the suspects, but police released pictures from store camera surveillance footage. If leads pan out, police could make arrests as early as Thursday, Thomas said.

A man and a woman committed the thefts late at night at the same 24-hour store for three nights in a row beginning Feb. 2, Thomas said. The woman kept lookout while the man picked the lock to the jewelry display case at the Winchester Wal-Mart on Bypass Road. An estimated $6,000 in jewelry was stolen, he said.

The suspects spent more than 20 minutes at the jewelry station, sometimes with customers walking by, Thomas said.

The couple drove a black sport utility vehicle, and the woman wore a fast-food employee's shirt, possibly Taco Bell or McDonald's, Thomas said.