A suspected serial jewel thief was arrested in Enid in March. The company that owns stores including Zales and Kay Jewelers told officers he is suspected to be involved in 20 other robbery incidents at stores across Oklahoma and Texas.
Enid police officers spoke with Quincy Boyton, 26, of Texas after staff at the local Zales Jewelers reported he resembled a person who had robbed other stores.
Enid Officer Nicole Binckley said Boyton initially identified himself as Christopher Johnson after police arrived.
“We ask for an ID card… He says, ‘It’s in my car over there,’” Binckley said. “He points at a truck, starts walking over to the truck… then he realizes that we kind of know the jig is up and he just runs across the street.”
Officers eventually arrested Boyton and obtained a search warrant for his car where they found a pistol, three gold bracelets, and assorted clothing.
Boyton is 6’7” and has several face and neck tattoos, according to Enid police. Zales ownership company, Signet Jewelers, told Enid police that matched a suspect description in 11 different cities in Oklahoma and Texas where stores had been robbed.
The regional loss prevention manager for Signet Jewelers told Enid police “they have 23 revolving cases with Quincy being the identified suspect in each case,” according to a police report.
The company told police they’ve linked Quincy to $337,000 in stolen merchandise.
The Kay Jewelers on 2nd Street in Edmond was robbed in December of two rings worth more than $30,000 by someone who employees described as 6’9” with several neck tattoos. Employees said the man claimed to have played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and was looking for an engagement ring.
After staff showed him the two rings, he ran across the street and escaped.
“We had a gentleman grab a diamond ring and run from the Kay jewelers,” one staff member said to an Edmond 911 dispatcher on Dec. 12. “He took them out of someone’s hand and ran off.”
Boyton is charged in Garfield County with burglary, obstructing an officer, and possessing a firearm as a felon. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.
Boyton has not been charged with any other crime in Oklahoma as of Friday, according to online court records.
On Tuesday, Edmond police filed a search warrant for cell phone data associated with Boyton’s cell phone. The information could reveal if Boyton was in the area during the December robbery.
A spokesperson for Edmond police said the department could share that data with other agencies investigating similar thefts.