About JSA in the Media
"Indiana Jeweler Killed, First Industry Homicide This Year."
79-year old man shot in head and killed, one "person of interest" in custody.
JCK Online
November 12, 2015
"JSA: Female armed robber strikes again."
A rare case of a lone female who has committed at least four armed robberies in Southeast U.S. states.
National Jeweler
October 19, 2015
"85-Year-old jewelry thief arrested at upscale mall in Atlanta."
Suspect who has been jailed dozens of times, and who JSA has been tracking for over 40 years, arrested.
Fox News, October 27, 2015
"Female Jewelry Store Robber Strikes Across Several Southern States."
Jewelers' Security Alliance is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of this suspect.
Good Morning America, ABC-TV
September 14, 2015

The white female pictured in the surveillance video above is reported to have committed three gunpoint robberies: Dawsonville, GA on August 5, 2015, Panama City, FL on August 11, 2015 and Bluffton, SC on September 2, 2015. JSA is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to her arrest. Contact JSA’s Rewards Hotline at800-325-1883, and you will not have to reveal your name.

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The subject pictured above, is wanted for at least five credit fraud thefts in VA, MD, NC and SC. He opens a line of credit through the stores financial institution. The subject is described as 6'2", well dressed and 190 lbs. He specifically targets high-end watches and has used four known identities. In addition, the subject has matching Florida Driver’s Licenses for each identity. He has also used an Illinois driver’s license in at least one theft. If you have any information regarding the identity of this individual or come in contact with him, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at (212)687-0328.

Coffeyville, KS – November 12, 2015

At approximately 5:00 a.m., three male suspects were arrested after police responded to a reported burglary of a local jewelry store. Once officers arrived on scene they witnessed suspects fleeing the area by vehicle. One of the occupants was arrested on-site, while the other two fled on foot into a wooded area. Both suspects were apprehended. The three suspects have been identified as Jumani Coleman, Vaughn Leon and Kevin Quinn. All suspects have been charged with burglary, felony theft, and criminal damage to property.

Asheville, NC – November 8, 2015

Five black male suspects were arrested after they committed a brazen robbery of a local jewelry store. One of the subjects remained in the vestibule holding the door open, while three more went to the diamond showcases. The three subjects then produced mini sledge hammers to smash open the display cases, while the fifth subject waited outside. After the subjects stole jewelry and fled, they were chased by police and subsequently arrested. The subjects also brandished a gun in commission of their robbery. According to arrest warrants, the suspects threatened to use weapons in commission of the crime. They are each being held on $1,000,000 secured bond.

Austin, IN – November 7, 2015

A jeweler was shot and killed last weekend during a robbery at his store. This marks the first homicide in the jewelry industry this year. After executing a search warrant at a home near Austin, IN, law enforcement officials found stolen jewelry linked to the robbery and consequently took four people into custody. Thus far, a female suspect identified as Patricia Caudill has been charged with assisting a criminal and hindering an arrest. In addition 21-year0old James Mathew Caudill has been charged with murder in connection with the killing of 79-year-old owner, John Turner.

Mercersburg, PA - November 19, 2015

According to the Mercersburg Police Department, two men entered a local jewelry store and committed a gunpoint robbery. The subjects pointed their guns and attempted to break glass display cases. The glass did not break. The subjects then resorted to pushing the cases over to remove jewelry. After stealing the jewelry, the men fled from the store in a dark blue 2010 Chevrolet Malibu with chrome wheels that was waiting outside. The driver of the getaway vehicle was wearing a mask. During the robbery, the men wore dark hooded jackets, dark clothing, masks and gloves. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Mercersburg Police Department at 717-328-2221.

MESA, AZ – November 19, 2015

At approximately 2:55 p.m., a suspect committed a grab & run theft at a local jewelry store. The suspect previously called the store inquiring about chains. He said his budget was about $5,000. The suspect later came into the store. He looked at two rings and then a bracelet. While looking at the bracelet, he asked the associate how heavy it felt. Once he was handed the bracelet, he ran from the store. The suspect was described as a white male in his mid to late twenties. He is 5’11” and weighs 150 lbs. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call the Saugus Police Department at 978-781-1999.

Boulder, CO – November 17, 2015

A traveling salesperson was returning from a client’s jewelry store. When he pulled into the Hotel Parking Lot and got out of his car, two individuals attacked him. The salesperson screamed in panic and the subjects punched him in the eye. The subjects took the salesperson’s merchandise and slashed his rental car tires and then fled the scene. The subjects managed to escape with over $500,000 of merchandise.


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.

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.


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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