PD: Suspects in Flagstaff jewelry heist linked to robbery ring
From left: Dequint Matthew Blunt, Deron Porter Land and Monica Latoya Miller By Jennifer Thomas
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Flagstaff police have identified three suspects in an armed robbery of a jewelry store several months ago.
Dequint Matthew Blunt, aka "Q," 21, Deron Porter Land, 37, and Monica Latoya Miller, 37, have been implicated in the armed robbery of Jim Anderson Jewelers on June 24, according to police spokeswoman Sgt. Margaret Bentzen.
Investigators found the suspects rented multiple hotel rooms in Flagstaff prior to the robbery.
The suspects' vehicle was found abandoned and investigators traced it to a rental company in Phoenix. The suspects reportedly used a second vehicle and driver to flee the city.
Flagstaff police relayed the suspects' descriptions and their methods to task force officers in the Phoenix area.
"This immediately initiated leads into multiple suspects involved in a robbery ring that spanned multiple states," Bentzen said in a news release.
Bentzen said Land and Blunt are in custody. Bentzen said Blunt was arrested in the Phoenix area. Miller is still outstanding.
The investigation included assistance from the FBI, the Department of Public Safety Crime Lab and several other police departments in Arizona and California.