Hayward man to stand trial in jewelry store heist

By From page A5 | February 26, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A Hayward man was ordered Monday to stand trial on robbery and gun charges arising from the November 2012 armed robbery of a Fairfield jewelry store in which three men made off with more than $250,000 in gold and jewelry.

About a month after the takeover robbery of the Travis Boulevard jewelry store, an anonymous phone call was made to police by a woman who said Imani Stockstill was one of the three robbers, according to testimony during Stockstill’s probable cause hearing.

During the robbery, the store owner was ordered to his knees at gunpoint and was gagged with duct tape and cuffed. The owner’s adult daughter, the only other person in the store at the time of the robbery, was also cuffed before the thieves fled.

The jewelry shop owner said he recognized Stockstill as the one armed robber of the trio, because the day before the robbery Stockstill had come into the shop by himself and asked the owner to show him the “expensive jewelry” because he wanted to spend $2,000 on a gift for his mother.

A few weeks after the heist, Fairfield police got a search warrant for Stockstill’s home, where they found a jacket and a distinctive logo-emblazended T-shirt that were similar to those worn by one of the robbers. They did not find any jewelry.

Police have identified the two other suspects but they have not been arrested.

Judge Peter B. Foor ordered Stockstill to return to court March 10 to be arraigned on the felony charges.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • JustlistenFebruary 25, 2014 - 8:02 am

    That's interesting! It looks like he did a similar heist last year in Sacramento. This country has way too many criminals roaming around... We seriously need to build more prisons and jails and keep criminals in. Most criminals violate again once released so why bother releasing them? I wouldn't mind contributing to this if it will support my safety on the streets, in my home or business. Another idea is to garnish the wages of the families that these criminals were born into for raising such foolishness.

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