3 Men hold employees at gunpoint, steal jewelry

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Ruben Mendietta is one of three men accused of stealing jewelry from a Chandler store Monday morning. By Jennifer Thomas Ruben Mendietta is one of three men accused of stealing jewelry from a Chandler store Monday morning. By Jennifer Thomas
Jose Solis is one of three men accused of stealing jewelry from a Chandler store Monday morning. By Jennifer Thomas Jose Solis is one of three men accused of stealing jewelry from a Chandler store Monday morning. By Jennifer Thomas
Andrew Bochinclonny is one of three men accused of stealing jewelry from a Chandler store Monday morning. By Jennifer Thomas Andrew Bochinclonny is one of three men accused of stealing jewelry from a Chandler store Monday morning. By Jennifer Thomas

CHANDLER -- Three men are accused of stealing jewelry from a Chandler store Monday morning.

Chandler police say the suspects held two employees at gunpoint while they stole trays of jewelry from Nancy's Jewelry and Clothing at Arizona Avenue and Ray Road.

Two of the suspects fled in a stolen pickup truck.

Within five minutes of the robbery, Chandler police officers located the truck as the suspects pulled into a pawnshop near Alma School and Ray roads.

Ruben Mendietta, 26, and Andrew Bochinclonny, 29, were taken into custody.

Most of the stolen jewelry was recovered along with the firearms used in the robbery.

The third suspect, Jose Solis, 21, was arrested Tuesday.

Police say Mendietta and Bochinclonny were released from the Arizona Department of Corrections in May. Mendietta had been in prison for attempted first-degree murder and Bochinclonny for robbery.

All three men have been booked on charges of armed robbery. Police say other charges are expected.