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Suspects in Washington Square smash-and-grab sentenced to prison time

Brandon Sullivan, Shakira Karriem, and Darrereon Newton (Courtesy Washington County Jail).jpg

HILLSBORO, Ore. – Two men were convicted of carrying out a smash-and-grab robbery for $400,000 worth of jewelry from a Washington Square Mall store back in August.

Brandon Sullivan was found guilty of several charges from the robbery and a high-speed chase that followed the theft. He was sentenced to 34 months in prison.

Darereon Newton was convicted of first-degree aggravated theft and criminal mischief. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

According to investigators, Sullivan, Newton, and two other suspects walked into the Ben Bridge Jewelers on August 29, went over to the Rolex display, and smashed the glass cases with sledge hammers.

The group grabbed 21 watches and ran out of the mall to two waiting cars.

Several witnesses filmed the group on cell phones as they ran from the mall.

Police spotted Sullivan’s car heading north on Highway 217, and when they tried to pull him over he took the Murray Boulevard exit.

They say Newton and another suspect, Shakira Karriem, jumped out of the car and fled on foot. Officers apprehended both suspects.

Investigators said they found $200,000 worth of watches in Karriem’s backpack.

The other suspect’s vehicle got away.

Karriem pleaded guilty to the aggravated theft charges and was sentenced to nearly two months in prison, along with two years of probation.

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