A Georgia inmate was extradited to Beaufort County on Thursday and charged in a May 7 armed robbery at a Bluffton jewelry store, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
Curstation McRae, 41, of Atlanta was charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and three counts of kidnapping, stemming from the robbery of the Kay Jewelers on U.S. 278. Armed with a gun, McRae and a second suspect stole about $806,000 worth of jewelry while McRae was checked out of a Georgia Department of Corrections transitional center for a work-release program, investigators say.
No one was injured, but the suspects bound employees with duct tape.
The Sheriff's Office identified McRae a week after the incident using DNA found at the store.
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The second suspect has not been identified, Lt. Mike Riley said Friday. He would not say whether any of the jewelry has been recovered.
This month, McRae completed his sentence for his role in a string of jewelry-store armed robberies between 2001 and 2003. He was then transported to the Beaufort County Detention Center, where his bond was set at $275,000.