Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon announced Tuesday that a grand jury indicted Christopher Dimeo and Nicole Pearce, both 23 and from Richmond Hill; and 40-year-old Maryann Taylor of Hicksville in connection with the Dec. 21, 2004 robbery and murder of Thomas Renison at J&J Jewels in Glen Head.
Dimeo has been indicted for murder in the 1st degree, a Class A Felony and two counts of robbery in the 1st degree, a Class B Violent Felony. Pearce has been indicted for murder in the 2nd degree, a Class A Felony and two counts of robbery in the 1st degree, a Class B Violent Felony. Taylor has been indicted for murder in the 2nd degree, a Class A Felony and one count of robbery in the 1st degree, a Class B Violent Felony.
"The indictment alleges that on Dec. 21, 2004 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Dimeo entered J&J Jewels in Glen Head pretending to be shopping for an engagement ring," said Dillon. "A short time later the defendant produced a 40 caliber semi automatic handgun and demanded money and took a variety of jewelry. At the time of the robbery, Dimeo shot and killed Thomas Renison, 48, of Glen Cove. Both Taylor and Pearce visited J&J Jewels earlier and provided Dimeo a detailed description of the store in order to facilitate the robbery. Taylor also drove the getaway car from the store."
Dillon continued, "The additional robbery in the first degree charges that Dimeo and Pearce face are related to the Dec. 5, 2004 robbery of Roberts Jewelers in Westbury. Dimeo while armed with a handgun, stole approximately $65,261 in assorted engagement rings while pointing the handgun at the salesperson. As it relates to this instance, Pearce also entered the location prior to the robbery to gain information on the layout of the jewelry store and the number of employees that were working in the store and relayed that information to Dimeo."
Dimeo and Taylor were arraigned March 2 by Nassau County Court Judge Victor Ort. Pearce will be arraigned March 16. The charges are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.