Police Arrest 2 Suspects Accused of Stealing $10,000 Necklace in UA Campus Robbery
Police have arrested two suspects accused of stealing a $10,000 necklace in a robbery on the campus of the University of Alabama this week, according to court documents obtained by the Tuscaloosa Thread.
In a deposition filed Thursday afternoon, investigators said the victim in this case was walking home from a bar on the Strip and was passing the Walk of Champions in front of Bryant-Denny Stadium when he was struck from behind.
At least two men ripped a necklace from the victim's neck and fled the area on foot, and according to the deposition, the jewelry was worth $10,000.
After a short investigation, police identified two suspects in the robbery — 21-year-old Grayson Rezac and 25-year-old Mathew Brizuela. Both were arrested Thursday and charged with one count each of second-degree robbery, a Class B felony.
Brizuela and Rezac were booked in the Tuscaloosa County Jail, where their bond was set at $20,000 each. Both have since been released on bail and their mugshots are not publicly available.
The robbery took place Wednesday around 1:20 a.m. and is the fifth reported on UA's campus in a one-week period.
In the first instance, three victims reported they were robbed by at least two men wearing masks last in the predawn hours of last Saturday morning.
At least one of those robberies was caught on camera and police caught up with the suspects in that case later the same day. Two men were arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree robbery and one count of theft of property.