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Carlisle jeweler helps police nab burglars

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CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

Halloween was a normal day at Marjorie's Gems in Carlisle until a man came into the store looking to sell several pieces of jewelry.

When Marjorie Romano took a look at the jewelry, she said she got a sinking feeling in her stomach. It matched jewelry on a list she'd been given by a family whose home had been burglarized.

"This woman had told me there was a specific repair on the one ring, and that was the ring. When he brought that in, I saw that and I knew -- I was pretty sure this was the stuff, and I looked at the list and it matched on the list," Romano said.

Once she realized what was going on, Romano sprang into action and came up with a plan to get the police into her store. She told the young man to go get his ID. Once he left, she immediately called Carlisle Police. She told them that when the man returned she would call back and give them codes like "my printer isn't working."

"I wasn't going to pick up the phone and say, 'Hey, the bad guys are here'," she said. "I was just going to say, 'My printer is broke'."

When the man returned, surveillance video recorded him as he showed Romano his ID, followed by her calling the police and talking about a broken printer.

"I was very nervous -- just hoping that they didn't have a gun or realize I had called the police," she said.

Quickly, officers came into the store and arrested Ty Shawn Hodge. They also arrested another man who was with him, Shakwan Dukes. Both were charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property and sent to Cumberland County Prison to await preliminary hearings.

The following day, Carlisle Police arrested Shante Rice in connection with a stolen Saab in the borough. Police said Rice admitted to being involved in a recent string of burglaries in the borough, but wouldn't name his accomplices. They won't say if the two incidents are related.

Rice is also in Cumberland County Prison.

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