About JSA in the Media
“Jewelry Crime Falls as Security Improves.”

Rapaport/, August 9, 2016,
“JSA’s Red Flags to help spot a jewelry thief.”

Southern Jewelry News, August 31, 2016,

“First Half of 2016 Sees Continued Decline in Jewelry Store Crime."

Insurance Journal, August 9, 2016,

“NJ Jewelers Hit by Rash of “3-Minute Burglaries.”

National Jeweler, September 1, 2016,


Plymouth Township, PA – January 9, 2016The two suspects pictured in the video reached into an unlocked showcase in a mall retail store and took watches. If you have information contact the Plymouth Township Police Department at 610-279-1901.
COMMENT: Showcases must be kept locked except when actually taking merchandise out or returning merchandise to the showcase. Regardless of how busy a store is, sales personnel, or a security guard, must have a view of customers at all times.

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At 7:11 p.m. on 09/06/16 the black male suspect pictured above carried out a grab and run at a mall retail jewelry store in Brandon, FL. The suspect grabbed two pieces of jewelry and ran out of the store with the sales associate chasing him. The suspect entered a silver, newer model Chevrolet Camaro, 2-door, and the sales associate confronted the suspect and latched onto the vehicle’s roof. The sales associate hung onto the car for nearly a quarter-mile, and was thrown to the pavement, critically injured. The suspect is described as light-skinned, 6’1”, 25-30 years old, muscular and with a trimmed beard. It is reported that the same suspect may have carried out a grab and run on August 9, 2016 in Port Richey, FL, and another in Clearwater, FL. If you have information, contact Detective C. Parsons of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-0539.

The Jewelers’ Security Alliance is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect pictured above. If you have information, please call JSA on its Reward Hotline at 800-325-1883. If you wish to remain anonymous, measures will be taken to insure the protection of your identity, yet allow the payment of the reward.

ORLAND PARK, IL – September 8, 2016

Four suspects from Detroit were apprehended after they attempted to commit a smash and grab robbery of a jewelry store. One of the suspects was observed concealing a sledgehammer. An off-duty Park officer called the Orland Park Police. Officers arrived quickly on scene and pursued the suspects. Police arrested the four men who attempted to escape on foot. They were charged with resisting a police officer and criminal trespass to a vehicle. They drove a stolen vehicle to the jewelry store. The suspects have been identified as Devon Mathew, 24: Jacob Scott, 21; Antoine Scott, 22 and Gionny Coker, 18.

ORANGEBURG, SC – September 7, 2016

At approximately 12:18 a.m., two 18-year-old men broke into a jewelry store. Police arrived after a security alarm alerted them to activity in the store. Officers found glass spread throughout the front lobby. The suspects have been identified as Isaiah Flood and Damon Lamont Kinloch. The suspects face up to 15 years in prison if convicted for their crime.

TAMPA, FL – September 6, 2016

At approximately 7:11 p.m., a male suspect stole two items of jewelry; a bracelet and a gold necklace. The suspect fled from the store while being chased by a sales associate. The suspect entered a silver newer model Chevrolet Camaro. At that point, the sales associate confronted the suspect and grabbed the vehicles hood. The vehicle drove off while the sales associate held onto the hood. The associate was thrown off of the vehicle. As a result of the accident, the employee suffered life threatening injuries. The suspect was described as a 27-year-old black male. He is 6"1' and has a trimmed beard. He was last seen driving on Interstate 75. If you have any information regarding the identity of the suspect involved, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

HAMMOND, LA – September 12, 2016

At approximately 4:25 a.m., a suspect broke through the front glass doors of a jewelry store. The suspect broke into two jewelry cases and stole watches and men’s rings. The suspect then fled the store. The suspect was described as 5’8” male. He was wearing a dark jacket, light t-shirt and dark pants. He was last seen wearing white tennis shoes and a hood. If you have any information regarding the identity of this individual, please contact the Hammond Police Department at 985-351-4650

TEMPE, AZ – September 10, 2016

At approximately 8:26 p.m., a suspect returned to the store after making multiple visits over the course of several days. Two days prior to the theft, the suspect asked to have a watch placed on hold because he wanted his wife’s opinion. On September 10, the suspect inquired about the watches he placed on hold. The sales associate took them out of hold and handed one to him. He grabbed the second watch from her hand and fled from the store. The suspect was described as a White male in his mid 30’s. He is 5’11” and had a thin build. He has a buzz cut and was last seen wearing a white shirt with blue striped and shorts. If you have any information regarding the identity of this individual, please contact the Tempe Police Department at (480) 350-8311.

LAS VEGAS, NV - August 2, 2016

At approximately 3:50 p.m., a subject inquired about chains and pendants. He tried on a pendant and then fled the store. He was described as an African American male. He is 5’6” and weighs 140 pounds. He has a music note tattoo on his neck and partially shaved eyebrows. The subject was last seen wearing a soccer shirt with a white hat.


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.

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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