TRACY — Two men who allegedly made off with an estimated $150,000 in jewelry from the Tracy Costco earlier this month have been arrested, authorities say.
Jeffrey Potter, 30, of Livermore was taken into custody last Saturday with the help of the Livermore Police Department, Tracy police said. The second suspect, 28-year-old Richard Hoffman of Manteca, was already in custody at the Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County on unrelated charges, including possession of stolen property and a felon in possession of a firearm.
Just before 8:30 p.m. on May 7, police were notified of a theft in progress at Costco on West Grant Line Road. Two males wearing face coverings and sunglasses entered the store and went straight to the jewelry display cases, reports said.
While one of the robbers used a sledge hammer to break the display case glass, the second robber went outside to park a tan, four-door sedan near the store as a getaway vehicle, Tracy police said.
After taking the jewelry, the robber inside the store looked up to see a store employee running toward him, so he fled outside and got into the waiting sedan, reports said. The driver then brandished a handgun at the pursuing employee before the vehicle sped away from the store.
Tracy detectives later recovered the vehicle used in the robbery at Hoffman’s residence, police said.
A robbery charge has been added to the charges Hoffman is already facing in Alameda County, police said. Online jail records show Hoffman is ineligible for bail release due to violation of community supervision and is due back in court on June 17 at 8:45 a.m. at the East County Hall of Justice in Dublin.
San Joaquin County Jail records show Potter is facing half a dozen charges related to the incident, including second-degree robbery and a felon in possession of a firearm. He is being held on $250,000 bail.
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