SUSPECT ARRESTED IN KILLING OF OMAHA, NEBRASKA JEWELER
September 18, 2014
An 18-year-old suspect who has been arrested for the homicide of a retail jeweler in Omaha, NE, which was described in a JSA Email Crime Alert dated September 18, 2014, is being held without bond. Police report that this suspect may have had accomplices who are still at large but were not in the store during the shooting. The crime unfolded when the suspect walked into a retail jewelry store at 10:20 a.m. on 09/17/14, threw a bag on the floor, drew a gun and ordered the employees to put jewelry in the bag. The 71-year-old owner of the store, several employees and a customer were in the store at the time. When one employee began to fill the bag, the owner made a movement toward the safe. The robber then fired three shots towards the owner, hitting him twice in the torso and killing him, and left the store without taking any jewelry. The suspect also stands accused of committing a bank robbery in Omaha on September 13, 2014.
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SUSPECT WHO LEAPT FROM WHEELCHAIR DURING GRAB AND RUN ARRESTED
August 30, 2014
Larry Johnson, 38, the subject of a JSA Email Crime Alert dated 08/15/14, and who was charged with Robbery 2nd degree, Larceny 1st degree and Assault 2nd degree has been arrested. The suspect entered a mall retail jewelry store on Saturday, August 2, 2014 in a wheelchair at 2:43 p.m. He asked to look at various high-end watches. He placed the last watch shown on his wrist, backed up his wheelchair, stood up and ran from the store. A security guard attempted to stop him and the suspect sprayed him with mace. The suspect then made his escape into the mall where he was lost. Fingerprints left on the jewelry store helped lead to the arrest, and the police located him when they answered a domestic disturbance call. The suspect has numerous prior convictions for sexual assault and assaults on police officers.
TAKEOVER ROBBERY OF RETAIL JEWELRY STORE
St. Helena, CA - September 3, 2014
At 11:00 a.m. two black male suspects entered a retail jewelry store and displayed a handgun. They ordered the owner and an employee to the floor, and smashed several showcases, taking 20-25 high-end watches. Following a search, police later recovered the suspects' abandoned car and some of the suspects' clothing. The suspects are described as 20-30-years-old, average build, one being 5'10" and the other 6', and wearing jeans and hoodies. If you have information, call the St. Helena Police Department at 707-967-2850.
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BURGLARY OF RETAIL JEWELRY STORE THROUGH NEIGHBORING BARBERSHOP
Las Vegas, NV - August 10, 2014
Burglars entered a retail jewelry store through a barbershop which was adjacent to the jewelry store. The burglars got into the store's polishing room where the safe is located, and drilled into the safe. The suspects took inventory, customers' jewelry and layaways. The suspects also unplugged the store's video surveillance system.
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JEWELER KIDNAPPED AT HOME, TAKEN BACK TO STORE
Greece, NY – August 6, 2014
UPDATE! THREE SUSPECTS ARRESTED ON 8/19/14.
At 5:00 p.m. two armed suspects forced their way into an apartment, having followed a male jeweler home from the store where he worked. The jeweler was hit on the head, bound with duct tape and put into one of the apartment’s bedrooms. The suspects then waited for the jeweler’s wife (who works in the same store as the husband) and adult son to arrive home. They bound both of them with tape. A third suspect entered the home on Thursday morning, and the suspects took the family’s car at 8:30 a.m. and went to the store where both the husband and wife worked. At this point the suspects had the store keys and the alarm codes. The suspects waited for the mall to open and then burglarized the store. Police are still searching for the family’s gray, four-door 2013 Honda Accord.
RECOMMENDATION: See the bottom of this homepage for information entitled “Security for Jewelers at Home,” regarding crime prevention advice related to home invasions of jewelers.
THREE SUSPECTS SMASH SHOWCASES AT MALL STORE
White Plains, NY - August 17, 2014
Three black male suspects carrying hammers entered a retail jewelry store in a high-end mall at 11:30 a.m. on a Sunday. The suspects smashed showcases and were confronted by an armed guard in plain clothes who struggled with them. The guard fell through a plate glass window but was not seriously hurt. The suspects, who escaped with seven high-end watches, are described as between 25 and 30-years-old. If you have information, contact the White Plains Police Department Detective Division at 914-422-6200 or 914-422-6223
CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE FOR JEWELERS
WHAT TO DO IN A ROBBERY
Even if a jeweler follows all the right procedures to discourage robberies, the jeweler may still wind up a robbery target. JSA's main advice if you do have a robbery is this: Do not resist, and cooperate fully. For many years the JSA has promoted the following lifesaving guidelines on what to do in a robbery:
1. Obey the orders of the robber. Do not say or do anything, or even raise your hands, unless told to do so. Cooperate fully and try not to panic.
2. Do not attempt to disarm the robber or reach for a concealed weapon. Assume that the robber will shoot without hesitation.
3. Never do or say anything that would anger the robber. Example: do not stare at him and have him think that you are trying to memorize his facial characteristics.
4. The less time the robbers are in the store, the less risk there is of injury. Once the robbers have your merchandise, they can be expected to leave quickly.
5. Do not press a holdup alarm, if your premises has one, until the robbers have left the store and you have locked the door. If the police arrive while the robbers are in the store, or if the robbers return, a deadly hostage situation could develop.
6. Expect to be threatened. One of the robber's weapons is the fear he creates. Robbers commonly say: "I'll kill you if you make a move!" This is a typical threat. Expect it. Keep calm.
7. Frequently the robber will force the jeweler and his staff to a back room or washroom. Expect to be tied up or handcuffed, or told to lie on the floor. Do as you are told.
8. If you are out of the robbers' sight, in a back room or elsewhere, stay where you are. Do not intrude on the crime scene.
9. Do not chase the robbers or follow them out of the store.
10. Call the police immediately after the robbers leave and you have locked the door. Do not wipe or try to clean the cases or other surfaces, or otherwise disturb the crime scene before the police respond, because you may destroy fingerprints or other valuable evidence. Try to memorize all the locations touched by the robbers so that you can advise the police about possible fingerprint evidence when they arrive.
11. Try to keep witnesses present until the police arrive. At the least, obtain the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses.
12. Do not talk to the media or allow them to film in your premises. Refuse all media interviews.
13. It is important to rehearse with all employees what they should do in a robbery. Being prepared may help prevent an employee from panicking and provoking violence.
BURGLARY PREVENTION RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Jewelers should confirm with their alarm company that their alarm set-up will provide protection from entry from the roof, side walls and all possible points of entry, in addition to doors and windows.
2. All jewelry premises need line security for their alarm system, and need to test their system from time to time.
3. Police and jewelers must respond to all alarm signals, and examination of only the ground floor doors and windows is not sufficient. The roof, sidewalls and all possible points of entry must be examined, including through neighboring premises. Rooftop burglars have come through the roof in mall locations as well as in other types of locations, and many jewelry stores have been entered by breaking through sidewalls after gaining entry to an adjacent store from the roof of that adjacent store.
4. Do not position a safe on an outside wall or a wall of a neighboring office or store that would allow burglars to break through a wall and penetrate the safe without even entering the jeweler’s premises.
5. TL-15 and TL-30 rated safes and not adequate protection from today’s burglars, who can purchase inexpensive cutting devices from Home Depot or Lowe’s that can cut into and penetrate these safes.
6. Don’t leave merchandise out at night in showcases.
7. Don't cover showcases when closed with cloth or other material. It is safer when potential burglars case your store to see empty, exposed showcases rather than covered showcases.
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