3 charged in theft from Vt. jeweler

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) – Three Massachusetts residents have been arrested for allegedly robbing a jewelry store after handcuffing the store manager and locking her in a back room, police said.

The manager was able to free herself from the plastic handcuffs and press an alarm.

Police arrested Wesleyn Rose, 26, and Nicholas Blagojevic, 27, both of Harwich, Mass., and Allison Martino, 21, of Medway, Mass., Wednesday afternoon in Massachusetts. They were taken into custody about four hours after the robbery, said St. Johnsbury Police Chief Richard Leighton.

The manager did not a see a weapon, but felt they had one.

Evidence gathered at the scene and in Massachusetts linked the three to the crime, police said.

Store officials estimate about $140,000 worth of diamonds and rings were stolen.

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