SMASH AND GRAB ROBBERS ARRESTED
LOS ANGELES, CA – June 16, 2016
Special Agents from the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) along with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrested four subjects who were charged with participating in several smash-and-grab robberies. So far, a total of nine individuals have been charged in connection to the robbery ring. Two subjects remain at large; their names are Kenneth Paul, 21 of Los Angeles, CA and Evan Scott, 27, of Inglewood, CA. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of these subjects please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 800-537-0067.
JEWELRY FENCES ARRESTED
BETTENDORF, IA – May 7, 2016
The manager and co-owner of a jewelry store were arrested on May 4, 2016. They are both accused of possession of jewelry that they knew was stolen. According to Investigators, the two men purchased stolen jewelry in February valued at $16,000. The duo; identified as Jeffrey Taylor Hughes, 45 and Shane Michael Tague, 40 each face one charge of first-degree theft; which is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
GLENDALE, CA – June 8, 2016
At approximately 9:20 p.m., a male and female couple viewed gold chains and bracelets. During the presentation the sales associate lost track of the items being presented. The male subject stated they were visiting from Portugal and were shopping for his 18th birthday. During the presentation the subject showed the sales associate a large stack of money. He claimed it was $19,000 in cash. After the male subject chose an item. The price was more than the cash he claimed to have in his possession. The subject stated they would get more money from his father, who was nearby. However, the subjects did not return. Both subjects escaped. The male subject was described as Hispanic. He is 5’10 and weighs 135lbs. He has dark hair and was last seen wearing a dark shirt and jeans. He also wore a heavy yellow gold chain. The female suspect is Hispanic and 40-years-old. She is 5’1 and weighs 115 pounds. She has dark hair in a bun and was last seen wearing a grey jacket, large orange purse with a large gold buckle. If you have any information, please contact the Glendale Police Department at 818-548-4033.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA – June 15, 2016
At approximately 5:40 p.m., a subject entered a jewelry store for the third time in the same day. During his first two appearances, the sales associates offered the subject to complete a credit application. The subject stated he did not have proper identification and would go home to get his I.D. He then came back a third time. As he was being assisted by two sales associates, he revealed a gun and ordered the associates to fill a black bag with jewelry. The subject then fled the store with jewelry. The subject was described as a 35-year-old Hispanic male. He is 5’5 and weighs 135 pounds. He wore a black baseball hat, sunglasses and black jeans. He also wore a dark blue shirt with light color print of a guitar and skull. If you have any information regarding the identity of this individual, please contact the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department at 909-477-2800.
NEW YORK, NY – June 6, 2016
At approximately 3:26 p.m, two African American men went different directions after entering a jewelry store. One went to a display case and the second went to another showcase. While the sales associate was waiting for the first male, the second reached into the showcase and walked out of the store with a ring. The first suspect was described as wearing a black hat, black shirt and black jeans. The second suspect wore a white shirt and khaki shorts. If you have any information regarding the identity of these individuals, please contact the New York Police Department at 212-826-3206.
GRAB AND RUN
LITHONIA, GA – June 7, 2016
At approximately 3:35 p.m., a male subject requested to see gold bracelets from a jewelry display case. After the sales associate removed a bracelet, the male subject asked for a mirror. As the subject was positioning the bracelet on his wrist, the sales associate asked, “you’re not gonna run, are you?” As soon as the bracelet was secured, the subject ran out of the store. The subject was described as an African American male in his mid 20’s. He has a medium build and is approximately 5’7. He wore a black t-shirt along with black and grey basketball shorts. He also had gold teeth. If you have any information regarding the identity of this individual, please contact the Dekalb County Police Department at 678-937-5301.
CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE FOR JEWELERS
ROBBERY ADVICE FOR JEWELERS
1. Do not resist in a robbery.
2. Surveillance photos from eye-level cameras inside and outside the store provide excellent evidence for police.
3. Having buzzers on the door can help to keep out potential robbers.
4. Keeping a log book of suspicious incidents, and putting aside and saving surveillance video of suspicious incidents, can be a great help in subsequent investigations.
5. Sharing information and photos among jewelers and police, and with JSA, regarding casings and suspects can help prevent crime and assist with investigations.
6. Showcases with burglary-resistant, laminated glass and special frames can withstand many blows with a hammer and can prevent or reduce large losses. JSA has not seen robbers take retaliatory action when laminated glass is used and robbers are unable to enter a showcase or are able to take only a small amount of merchandise from a small hole. Furthermore, robbers frequently cut themselves on small holes and leave behind valuable DNA evidence from blood.
7. Do not keep any GIA grading reports or other lab grading reports in the same place as the diamonds are kept.
RED FLAGS TO HELP SPOT A JEWELRY THIEF.
Listed below are the top ten “red flags” or warning signs that a criminal is in your store, including robbers, distraction thieves and grab and run artists. None of the red flags below prove a crime is about to happen, but jewelers should be aware that the red flags below are how many of today’s jewelry criminals commonly behave. While genuine customers can also have habits like these, a jeweler should take special precautions when he or she sees the following red flags. Remember, no red flag is conclusive, but each additional red flag should raise the level of security.
TOP TEN RED FLAGS
1. Is the person talking on a cell phone? Inform the person that you will be happy to serve them as soon as they finish their call.
2. Is the person wearing sunglasses? Suggest that the person remove the sunglasses to get a better view of the beautiful merchandise.
3. Is the person wearing a hat pulled low or a hoodie to conceal his or her identity?
4. Is the person wearing inappropriate clothing for the season, like a wool cap when the weather is in the 80s, or a raincoat on a sunny day?
5. Are large numbers of people entering together, for example, three or more people? Will you be able to adequately protect your merchandise with a large number of people inside your store?
6. Is the person putting large or bulky items, including coats, on the showcase, or moving pads, mirrors or other items on the showcase in order to block the jeweler’s view?
7. Is the person asking unusual questions, particularly about security, hours or schedules, or looking with unusual interest at your cameras or security equipment?
8. Is the person asking to see the “most expensive” watch or jewelry item in the store?
9. Is the person making hand signals or other gestures that appear to be communicating with other people?
10. Is the person walking around the store with their hands in their pockets in order to avoid touching anything in the store that would leave fingerprints.
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