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Police arrest 1 of 6 suspects wanted for Paso Robles jewelry store burglary

Posted at 12:45 PM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 15:45:02-04

Police have made an arrest in connection with the burglary of a Paso Robles jewelry store several months ago.

Police say, on March 20, Roman Petre, 28, and five women entered Siegel’s Jewelry on 12th Street, distracted the clerk and stole several pieces of jewelry.

The group is suspected of several similar burglaries throughout the state.

On Aug. 24, police arrested Petre at LAX. They say he was trying to flee the country and return to his native Romania. At the time, Petre was reportedly out on bail for another jewelry store burglary in Northern California. 


Roman Petre

Police are now looking for the five women involved in the Paso Robles burglary. Arrest warrants have been issued for Loredana Velcu and Ancuta Poenaru, but the remaining three women remain unidentified.


Loredana Velcu


Ancuta Poenaru

Anyone with information that could assist police in this investigation is urged to call the Paso Robles Police Department at (805) 237-6464 or Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP. Anonymous tips can also be sent to Crime Stoppers via text by texting "SLOTIPS" plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

Previous coverage:
Paso Robles police: ‘Ring of thieves’ targets jewelry store