$150K heist unravels

Police arrest alleged mastermind of jewel robbery
Courtney Astolfi
May 21, 2014
The   alleged mastermind behind last week’s jewelry heist on Sandusky’s west end was arrested over the weekend in Virginia Beach.

Mohammad Hamad, 26, formerly of Stonewood Drive, was charged with complicity to kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and theft, all first-degree felonies.

Officials have yet to arrest the two men who actually committed the offense and are still working to identify them, Sandusky police Detective Gary Wichman said.    Nellie Lee Dauch, a Pinewood Drive resident in her 70s, was getting ready for work May 14 when two men stormed her garage, bound her with duct tape and robbed her of numerous rings, necklaces and other baubles.

The men made off with nearly $150,000 worth of Dauch’s jewelry, Wichman said

One thing was clear: Dauch was specifically targeted for her pricey accessories.

During the course of their investigation, Sandusky police learned Dauch may have escaped two prior robbery attempts, Wichman said.

First, on May 12, a man approached Dauch and asked her to help search for his lost dog. But Dauch’s neighbor soon arrived and before long, the man had disappeared from the neighborhood, Wichman said.

At about 7:30 a.m. May 13, a neighbor saw a suspicious vehicle parked in their semiprivate neighborhood with two people inside.

“She had enough presence of mind to realize the (vehicle) did not belong there. She stood there at her door and memorized it in case something happened,” Wichman said.

That same vehicle — a 2001 Mercedes Benz — reappeared the day of the robbery. A witness saw the vehicle drop off two people in Dauch’s neighborhood at about 7 a.m. that day.

Witnesses also saw the vehicle a short while later near Bardshar Road, the same place police dogs lost the scent of the two alleged robbers who attacked Dauch.

Wichman learned Hamad knew Dauch as a family friend, and he’d worked for Dauch’s family business in the past.

But not only did Hamad know Dauch through his former job — Hamad’s father, Mike Hamad, had done almost all the custom work on Dauch’s jewelry.

Mike told the Register he’s been essentially estranged from his son for the past few years, citing Hamad’s addiction to pills.

"My son or not, if someone commits a crime and is guilty, they should go to jail” Mike said.

“(Dauch) is a very dear friend of mine and my family. She’s come to Thanksgiving dinner and has come to eat at my house at Christmastime,” Mike said. “My sympathy goes to (Dauch) and her family and anyone that got affected”

With Mike’s help, Wichman was able to estimate the total value of jewelry stolen and was also able to track Hamad to Virginia Beach. He was arrested there Saturday and returned to Erie County late Monday night.

Wichman is still working to identify Hamad’s alleged accomplices.

Hamad remains in the Erie County jail on $240,000 bond.

Comments

Dwight K.

If they memorized the car did they memorize the license plate?

Kottage Kat

Prayers to Nellie. This has a ripple affect and will affect many.

DickTracey

I'm glad that the father helped to turn his son in for this sickening crime, but I have to disagree with his comment that they have been estranged. I have seen the kid working the jewelry store in the center of the mall, quite recently and quite consistently.

I feel like his comments are just trying to save his business now. Good luck with that! I will never go near that place again!

super clean

Mo was in virgina for 3 weeks got pics of him there on fb this is all a set up free mo

WeThePeople1965

You don't have to be present if you're just the mastermind. Still a crime.

Ralph J.

Is this the same Mohammad Hamad with the business H&M HOUSING LLC? Can't see his eyes in the mug shot.

DickTracey

Yes. Notice he uses the parents address on Stonewood, where he was raised. It looks like the estrangement was not a few years, as the father is claiming, but a few weeks.

Ralph J.

Mohammad Hamad has a long record at the Sandusky Muni Court.

OSUAV8TER

I remember when I was a lot younger, Mohammad Hamad cracked a kids head open with a rock. A neighborhood bully then, and now a felon. He's always been trouble.

ryan5r

Another reason they shouldn't let foreigners in our country

wally44824

He stole and cheated while he was in grade school (I know this for a FACT because I witnessed it first-hand) and is finally going to end up where he belongs.

Justwow

Hang his as$! Because if not, Don will......

Justwow

Go get him Don......I will help.....

sanduskyace

This kid has been a career criminal just like his father look it up its public knowledge. His father is just as bad as he mike hamad is a criminal just look it up.....why throw stones when the truth is soooo much worse

YouMustBeJoking

his dad is on his visitor list at the jail, I bet he post bond very soon.

sanduskyace

I thought they were estranged? I thought you should go to jail if you committed a crime? hey thats what the article says so........

doctorsRdrugdealer

yes, your correct it doesnt say he is guilty tho or that he did anything so what is your point?! I do know Mohammad he's a good kid with a big heart and I pray for all involved, especially miss dauch! That shouldnt happen to nobody especially at that age!

sanduskyace

wow

sanduskyace

I know the family better than anyone on this board.....it really is up to fate to decide...could careless...mother nature should have her way in the end

sanduskyace

doctorsrdugdealer......what do you know did you grow up in stonewood? ya I did did you grow up next to this family? guess what I did....I know this family I wish they wouldnt went down this path but it is what it is.......you cant debate me I know this family when they moved in..

doctorsRdrugdealer

maybe you should run for prosecuter ace... idk
You have to much time on your hands sir... You never heard of the saying believe nothing you hear and half of what you see. 150k over a 5yr period exuals 30k a year not counting expenses and cost of jewely for them. mike is not in trouble for this so why drag his name through the mud?! No need for a answer just something for you to think about! godbless you 2....

sanduskyace

certainly......I do find it interesting that the son rob Lee Dauch of one of their best clients.......I guess it was just a coincidence.....

sanduskyace

interesting right?

doctorsRdrugdealer

atleast u deleted your comment before sir. what ever the ccircumstances are. miss dauch or mike didnt do nothing wrong and dont deserve to be bashed by the outside world just saying!

sanduskyace

yep you go got it.....mike didnt commit serious crimes in the 80s and his son is wrongly accused I guess.....funny how this family keep popping up over and over and they do nothing wrong. interesting I wonder why i saw things from that mario di napoli in mike's garage.......brick oven?...ahhhhhhh

mikeylikesit

jihad!!! YALALALALALALALALALAAA!!!

sanduskyace

like.

sanduskyace

at the end of the day you know what you see......it doesnt matter if the public believes. kharma catches up to everyone i could care less if people believe me.

sanduskyace

delete this or that...i readily admit I wanted to reword my statements. I could care less I grew up next to these people I know each and everyone of them alone with the gonos family give me break.......try me

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2cents

A great friend of mine had his son get hooked on heroin, it shocked the s--- out of the family. I wish I had the answer but if we started hanging the dealers in front of the court house every Saturday afternoon like another great friend suggested,it my just slow down some, maybe put the military on the Mexican boarder, after all we have those resources with orders to take out anyone caught smuggling drugs.

downthemiddle

Throw the book at him.

Please.

LISTEN PEOPLE..I know Mohammad BETTER than ANYONE on this comment stupid thing. And to be honest, it makes me sick seeing the things that people can write about him just from what they "think" they know or what the "PAPER" says.

Are you seeing all of the headlines for the people being accused of RAPE, and MURDER around the Sandusky area? Are you commenting on those stories saying they should be hung, JUSTWOW?? You are a human being that makes me sick. Despite what you think, Mohammad would never wish death, or cruelty, on any person..innocent or not, unless they might possible really deserve it. And at the end of the day, who are you or any of us to make the kinds of decisions who deserves to live or not, or be punished or not. NOBODY. Not you, unless you, JUSTWOW, SANDUSKYACE, DOCTORDRUG whoever you are, are lawyers or apart of the grand jury who will be the ones to decide.

The cops treated Mohammad like SHIT the first week of his time in jail and transfer, in virginia, on the way to as well as in Ohio. Spitting in his drinks and other things I will not say much. But if they can put these things in the paper, sure enough, we have the right to speak freely ourselves of what actually goes on BEHIND closed doors. I don't care what anybody says about Mohammads prior records, he's been convicted ONE TIME before this, and it wasn't even remotely close to this case. As far as his "long list" with the sandusky municipal court let me tell you about an EXPERIENCE i had once with a PERKINS cop, who probably pulled mohammad over for speeding, tint etc more than Sandusky.

A PERKIN COP PULLED ME OVER ONE NIGHT BECAUSE MY PASSENGER THREW A CIGARETTE BUTT OUT THE WINDOW. (LOITERING) WHEN HE PULLED ME OVER HE TOLD ME WHY (PASSENGER THREW CIGG OUT WINDOW) HE THEN ASKED ME TO GET OUT OF THE CAR, NOT PAYING ANY MIND TO THE KID IN MY PASSENGER SEAT, WHO ACTUALLY COMMITTED THE "CRIME" FOR ME BEING PULLED OVER IN THE FIRST PLACE. WHEN I GOT OUT OF THE CAR HE ASKED IF HE COULD SEARCH ME? ME NEVER BEING SEARCHED BEFORE OR REALLY EVER BEEN IN ANY SITUATION BESIDES SPEEDING TICKETS W/ COPS BEFORE, I THOUGHT I WAS DOING THE RIGHT THING BY SAYING YES. I AM A FEMALE BTW, THIS WAS A MALE COP. AS THE COP WAS SEARCHING ME I GOT A LITTLE MORE UNCOMFORTABLE AND STARTING ASKING QUESTIONS LIKE.....IS THIS NECESSARY FOR A LOITERING TICKET? HE THEN ASKED ME "WHO SAID THAT YOU WERE GETTING A TICKET" THEN PROCEEDED TO SEARCH ME AND THREW IN THERE THAT I COULD HAVE A WEAPON THIS AND THAT....WHEN HE NEVER CHECKED IDENTIFICATION, IT WAS DARK OUT, OR PAYED ANY MIND TO THE PERSON IN MY PASSENGER SEAT, WHO COULD HAVE EASILY HAD A WEAPON. THEN HE DECIDED TO GET ME SOME STUPID PEN TEST AND LET ME GO WITH A WARNING......

Cops are not all what you think either..and they will lie and cheat you but will use the legal system so it makes it seem like it is okay. For example, putting the blame on somebody, making serious accusations, because they can't find who actually committed the crime.

Before you start pointing your fingers at MOHAMMAD, lets see what "evidence" they really have when it comes out..and see how much longer he stays in jail.

And seriously people, who a little respect. I understand we are all entitled to our own opinions, and yeah, mohammad might have been a little wild child at times, but if sanduskyace knows much about the family like he claims he does...yeah he might of always had food clothes, whatever, but the parents don't even tell their own kids they love them..

And the whole foreigners thing....mohammad was born a US citizen, thanks. He might be of a nationality of another country, and fluent in another language, but he's from here stupid, he lives...HERE, IN AMERICA. ALL 26 YEARS OF HIS LIFE, he is not a foreigner. freaking idiots. stupid, dummys.

Don't believe everything you hear, but what you KNOW. Even if the truth never reveals, a crime was committed and a conviction will be made...I personally don't believe that will be Mohammad..but we'll see people :)

Thanks for the support :)))))))))
xoxoxoxoxoxo
#teamMOHAMMAD

YouMustBeJoking

"Loitering", is hanging around somewhere that you are not wanted. "Littering" would be the charge for throwing a cigarette out the window.

OSUAV8TER

Please, what you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul

Please.

ALSO, DWIGHT K. made a good point about mesmerization. If she supposedly almost got robbed by somebody who approached her about his lost dog....don't you think she would member sorta what he looked like..i mean she is still working....so she can't be that old to remember what somebody standing right in front of her looks like. and if thats the case, why haven't they done that, why haven't they drawn up a sketch yet, and WHY is that sketch not posted up here on the headlines next to mohammads. I mean i know he's handsome, but give somebody else the benefit of the doubt people. Or do your job better, and find out who actually committed the crime. and no you don't have to be in the same place to plan or "mastermind", man they are really making him sound smarter than what he really is lol, but come out, wheres the proof? Wheres the evidence that he planned this whole thing out? What, because he knew her, she was a customer at their store...and? Mohammad's 2 other brothers, cousins, sister, dad, friends have worked at that store........and its a small town....alot of people know a lot of people like. are you kidding me? i could go on and on and on, damn i should write my own story. peace.

Please.

Also, he wasn't even arrested in Virginia Beach lol, so in the first sentence....there is BS.

vballplayer007

FREE MOHAMMED

He is a great kid who made mistakes before like every other human. He would never jeopardize his fathers buisness and mrs. Lee was a great friend of Mohammed as well. Just because his car looked like the suspect s car doesnt mean he did it. Besides they have no other evidence other than the 2001 Mercedes Benz. There are a lot of cars in Sandusky area that look like the 2001 Mercedes. Besides during this time he was in Virginia, you can easily check facebook pictures, posts etc. And the people who he was with in Virginia. The cops want someone to blame so they look good saying they caught the people which is wrong to do that to innocent people. I understand they are doing there jobs but they need to get all the facts. Hes a great kid who made mistakes but learned from them. His whole family are kind.

vballplayer007

Free Mohammed !!!

Please.

<3

Please.

Forgive me, I spelt something wrong. Funny, how out of all of that...that is all you could point out. You don't know anything, YOUMUSTBEJOKING. you should just keep your opinions to yourself.

Please.

get your story right Courtney, I thought reporters were supposed to report facts....just saying.

Keeping_It_100

Free Mohammed!
I love You and I can't wait for the truth to come out so all the people that are bashing you, because of what they heard, can apologize for being naive and ignorant.

sanduskyace

Let the chips fall where they will.

sanduskyace

I will make one more point. I agree with several people on this board you are innocent until proven guilty but lets look at some facts. His father Mike is a convicted felon.....that is fact not debatable its public knowledge. Surely his father isn't the one being accused of a crime but this family isn't afraid to run in with the law. Mo used to rob people's car stereo at cedar point all the time....he was convicted of these crimes...another fact. I will say just because he has a bad past doesn't make him guilty....but sometimes when it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck maybe it is. The police can be corrupt they are just human beings.. and it could all be a setup but he could just as equally be guilty.

Please.

It may be true about his father...but it doesn't mean MOHAMMAD is the same route. Sure you say if it walks quacks whatever it is, or sure the whole saying "birds of a feather flock together" but what about the people who do do the right thing. So because they are associated with someone of bad judgement, that means they are automatically to make the same bad judgement? No. Sure, he's done stupid things when he was younger, we all have I'm sure. But it doesn't make him a criminal or a crook. Why do you think people go to jail when caught, to try to learn from their mistakes if they are able to get out after a certain amount of time they spend. Mohammad is innocent, idc what you people say. And the police just don't have enough evidence to convict him. MAYBE for a warrant yeah, but when it all comes down to the nitty gritty, theres not enough evidence. Period. We'll see. It's like keeping it 100 said, and like i've said. once he is let go, he and i can both accept apologies from the people who so clearly misjudged. Call me crazy, but I know what he did and didn't do. I know he did not do this, period. And we'll find out soon, don't worry people. Love you Momo!

sanduskyace

I totally agree lets see where the chips fall. I am just pointing out he got convicted of a crime in the past which by definition makes him a criminal. I hope he did learn from his mistake I grew up next to him but I have serious doubts. His own mother always used to say he would end up in jail or dead.

peoplehelpthepeople

I would like to spread my sympathy to Nellie and her family and also to Mike and his family. I know both families very well and my deepest regards to both of them. Nellie is one of the kindest and most hardworking woman I know. She is one of the most generous people and always thinks of helping others this is such heartbreaking news. Mike and his family are the same way and I know Nellie and Mike and his family have a friendship outside of the business world. I can't imagine what Nellie is thinking and especially Mike and his family. I am very pleased to know Nellie is safe and I know she has a wonderful family to support her through these troubling times. I also know Mike and his family must be completely shocked by this news and I too can personally say I do not believe that Mohammad could do such a thing. I truly know mohammad to be a better person than this despite his past.

At the end of the day each and every person is responsible for his action. Like Mike said if its his son or not if a person commits a crime they should go to jail.

Reading all these comments I understand each any everyones opinions so I would like to share mine. I am a human being just like the rest of you and to see some of the biased views from some people is sickening to the mind. Sanduskyace its very obvious to hear your biased views and hatred towards a family through your comments. if you have a personal problem with someone why not be a man and confess that person face to face rather than trying to bash someone because you are insecure about yourself. Thats probably why you went in and deleted your past comments from the other day, just saying. Obviously your not a parent or not reading the news papers or headlines through the news everyday. As a parent and dear friend and businessman the last thing you want to see is your dear friend a victim of a crime and a child of yours in a headline of a newspaper for an alleged crime. Just imagine how as a parent this would feel? Mike has six kids. I know he has a daughter and sons that are always in the newspapers for excelling academically and in sports and even mohammad I remember in wrestling. This is a tragedy for both families who both need support from the public to help pick there heads back up not people like you. My mother always taught me if you have nothing good to say don't speak. Prayers to Nellie and family and Prayers to Mike and family

Please.

Peoplehelpthepeople, bless your heart. You sound like a good man.

sanduskyace

well of course I am biased how would you feel if a person committed a crime against your family? And believe me I have called out these people in person before its not a big deal at all. yes I deleted some past comments get over it I just realized that would take the conversation to a place I didnt want it to go. i know this family very well you have some great people in it but you also have a fair share of trouble makers. really not interested in debating anyone. its just annoying to see people act like these people ARE ALL so great when several are convicted felons (fact) and the others are well on their way...

Please.

:D

nk

You can go ahead and not talk for Mike. He's not friends with you.

Please.

lololol, I mean I know we aren't friends, not even close, I personally don't like him, at all...and it is personal. But he UNFORTUNATELY is Mohammad's father, so I'm not gonna say mean things about him. And this kid was being annoying.

Stop It

What does lololol mean?

sanduskyace

Please I really do not understand your position? i think we agree his father is far short of perfect. As far as mo goes i have always liked mo but that doesnt mean he isnt without some serious faults. no one is perfect I am far from perfect myself and it looks like im not the only one deleting comments on here.. so going forward i really hope he isnt guilty because this crime would be so terrible. Miss Lee was the one who bailed mo out of jail for a previous crime not his father! i know everyone is going to play good with mike now cause who is left to bail mo out of jail? my last comment on this topic.

Please.

I only deleted my comment because it sounds like a family member commented on it...and I don't want to get involved with the fam on a negative level. My only concern is for Mohammad, and Mohammad only, anyone else, I do not care about, because I am in a very close position with him. I do give my condolences to Miss Lee, and others who were affected, however. But as far as I am concerned, I am 100% on Mohammads side, and I would never think otherwise, other than that he is innocent. I refuse to see him found guilty and go away for such a time, BECAUSE THAT IS NOT TIME THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GET BACK WITH HIM. But, I really do not see that happening, Period. Not because I am in denial, not because I am close with him, but because I really do believe he is innocent, I have been really close to his case, and its just all bogus s**t. Some people may be upset with him now, and think this and that. But, he is close to me, and I would never stand other than next to him. We will find out Tuesday/Thursday.

Common Sense

Has anyone ever heard "a leopard doesn't change his spots"? Unfortunately, his past will always follow him. The alleged bomb threat made in high school. certainly doesn't give him a break, either.
Having said that, I don't deem him guilty as there are two other men out there who committed the actual crime. Let's get them first!