ALL THREE SUSPECTS IN KIDNAPPING OF FEMALE JEWELRY EMPLOYEE ARE IN CUSTODY
Philadelphia, PA - June 8, 2015
Three suspects who kidnapped, robbed and assaulted a female employee leaving a store in Philadelphia on April 4, 2015 are now in custody. Khayree Gay, 31, was arrested in Lake City, SC less than a week after the robbery. Basil Buie, 26, and Salahudin Shaheed, 35, were arrested by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on June 4, 2015, and appeared before a U.S. Magistrate on June 8. They were ordered to be held without bail until their trial. The suspects face charges of attempted robbery and kidnapping.
GANG PLEADS GUILTY TO ARMED ROBBERIES OF JEWELRY STORES
New York - May 2015
Sean Robinson, 43, and Kendal Thompson, 31, pled guilty in federal court to robbery cases involving high end jewelry stores in NY, NJ, VA and CT. They were charged with Hobbs Act robbery conspiracy which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Between July 2013 and January 2014, the gang carried out smash and grab robberies in jewelry stores in four states. In one case they injured an employee by firing a stun gun. Eight members of this gang have been arrested and all have pleaded guilty. Two gang members have been sentenced to 9 years in prison and 3 years.
SUSPECT REPORTED SELLING MOISSANITE ITEMS AS DIAMOND IN NUMEROUS STATES
Acton, MA- July 1, 2015
A female using a Russian passport for identification, sold a pendant in an antique store which later turned out to be Moissanite, rather than diamond, and was paid $3,300 by check. When the store owner discovered that it was Moissanite rather than a diamond shortly after the suspect left the store, the owner contacted her bank down the street to stop payment on the check, only to find the check had already been cashed. The suspect has reportedly carried out similar sales in numerous other states in the last two years, including in NJ, PA, FL, MD, IL and NY. She is reported to work with a male and a female accomplice. Suspect was pictured leaving the bank in a dark blue Minivan/SUV. If you have information, contact Detective Kevin Heffernan of the Acton, MA Police Department at 978-929-7522.
ROBBERS SMASH JEWELRY CASES, TAKE HIGH END WATCHES
DeSoto, TX – July 20, 2015
At 11:30 a.m. a black female suspect asked to be buzzed into a retail jewelry store. As soon as the door opened, a black male suspect joined her and entered. The male suspect pulled out a hammer and smashed a showcase, taking six high end watches. The owner was able to detain the female suspect, who was arrested, but the male was able to get away. It is believed that a second male cased the store several hours earlier and was also the getaway car driver. The two male suspects escaped in a silver, four-door Mazda. If you have information, contact the DeSoto Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 469-658-3050.
FEMALE SUSPECT WANTED FOR DIAMOND SWITCH
Towson, MD – May 30, 2015
A female suspect is wanted in connection with a diamond switch at a retail jewelry store. A male suspect was examining loose diamonds with a loupe when he dropped a diamond on the floor. The female suspect below tried to distract the sales associate. The male suspect handed back a diamond to the sales associate who realized it was a fake and the police were called. The police arrived and arrested the male, but the female suspect below had left the store. A warrant is on file for her through the Baltimore Count Police Department. The suspect is described as 5’02”, 105 lbs. and 21-years-old, and is known to use multiple aliases. She was seen leaving on surveillance video operating a 1999 Nissan Sentra Delaware with a temporary license plate. If you have information, contact Detective J. Pundt of the Baltimore county Police Department at 410-887-2190.
RECOMMENDATION: It is a red flag calling for close scrutiny if a “customer” drops an item on the floor. Is the customer giving you back the item he or she dropped or have they switched the item?
BURGLARS CUT THROUGH BUILDING ROOF, ENTER JEWELRY STORE FROM SIDE WALL
Indianapolis, IN – July 17, 2015
Burglars cut power lines, cut a hole in the roof of a building, dropped into a neighboring space to a jewelry store in the building, and then cut a hole in a wall to enter the jewelry store. Once inside the jewelry store, the burglars cut open the safe with a cutting wheel, taking the contents of the safe.
SEE BURGLARY PREVENTION RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW.
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 and TL-30x6 rated safes are 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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