Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

ONE OF THE TWO SUSPECTS REMAINS ON THE LOOSE

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chatham Borough Police Chief Philip J. Crosson, Jr. announced today that two Essex County men have been charged with various crimes in connection with an armed robbery that occurred on July 28 at Crescent Jeweler in Chatham Borough.MCPO Seal

Michael Reed, 46, of Newark, and Raiys Grimes, 35, of West Orange, have both been charged with Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery; Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon; Theft; Conspiracy to Commit Theft; Burglary; Conspiracy to Commit Burglary; Criminal Restraint; Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Restraint; and Aggravated Assault (pointing a firearm).

Reed also was charged with a separate weapons charge.

It is alleged that on Thursday, July 28, at 10:54 a.m. Reed and Grimes entered Crescent Jewelers at 251 Main Street in Chatham and stole jewelry and cash valued in excess of $75,000.  During the robbery, a handgun was produced and a store employee was physically restrained.

During the course of the subsequent investigation, law enforcement recovered various proceeds from the robbery, as well as the handgun that is alleged to have been used during this crime.

Reed is currently being held at the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of a $250,000 bail with no 10 percent bail option.

Raiys Grimes remains a fugitive and is currently being sought by law enforcement. Anyone having information related to his whereabouts is encouraged in contact the Chatham Borough Police Department at 973-635-8000, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200, or Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at 973-267-2255.  Callers may remain anonymous.

This matter continues to be investigated by Chatham Borough Police and the Prosecutor’s Office.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Chatham Borough Police Department at 973-635-8000, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200, or Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at 973-267-2255.

Inquiries may be directed to Agent Paul Merkler at [email protected] or (973) 285-6215.