BLACK FEMALE SUSPECT PICTURED IN JSA EMAIL CRIME ALERT DATED 07/29/14 HAS BEEN ARRESTED – TWO HISPANIC FEMALES STILL AT LARGE
A black female who had been carrying out in-store credit frauds, was arrested in a retail jewelry store in the Providence, RI area on August 2, 2014. The suspect was recognized by the jeweler from the JSA Crime Alert of July 29, 2014 while she was in the store applying for in-store credit. The police were called, the Alert was shown, and the suspect was arrested. It is reported that an Hispanic female who was an accomplice had been in the store shortly before the black female entered, but had left. One Hispanic female who is also an accomplice is believed to have committed a credit fraud at a jewelry store in Allentown, PA in June 2014, and all three participated in an in-store credit fraud in Lancaster, PA on the same day in June 2014. At the time of Lancaster fraud they were driving in a Silver Honda with a PA plate that came back as stolen.
TWO IN-STORE CREDIT FRAUD SUSPECTS ARRESTED
Textbook case of information sharing by JSA, local crime networks, jewelers, industry partners and police
Greensboro, NC and Houston, TX – July 11, 2014
Within two hours of each other on Friday, July 11, two suspects were arrested in a case involving an Asian in-store credit fraud gang. JSA had included pictures of these suspects in JSA Email Crime Alerts dated May 2, 2014 and July 9, 2014 based on information provided to JSA. The JSA Alert information was forwarded by the North Carolina Jewelers Association in a Security Alert to its members on July 9. NCJA is one of more than 60 local networks in the U.S. with which JSA shares information on crime against jewelers.
On July 10 an Asian suspect appeared in a store in Charlotte, NC and was approved for $18,000 in-store credit to purchase a $17,000 watch. However, the jeweler recognized the suspect from the NCJA alert and declined the transaction, telling the suspect that the computers had gone down. When JSA was informed that the suspects were in NC, JSA staff telephoned many of the high-end stores in NC of the type on which these suspects focused.
On Friday afternoon, July 11, one suspect was arrested in a retail jewelry store in Charlotte, NC when the suspect was recognized from the alert information, and another suspect was arrested in a retail jewelry store in Houston, TX when the suspect was also recognized from the alert. The Texas Jewelers Security Hotline, another local network that shares crime information, has also reported in an Alert that at least one of the gang members that has not yet been apprehended was still operating in the Beaumont and Houston, TX area in the days following the Houston arrest.
LESSON: Sharing crime information is vital in preventing crimes against jewelers and having suspects arrested. The cooperative efforts of JSA, the North Carolina Jewelers Association, the Texas Jewelers Security Hotline, jewelry retailers and local police resulted in the arrests of these two suspects, and the prevention of many more crimes. This gang could be responsible for nearly $2 million in losses.
RECOMMENDATION: Other members of this gang are reported to still be active. The most important descriptive features of this gang to watch out for are: Asian gang members using California driver’s licenses to apply for in-store credit to buy a high-end watch. Examine the driver’s license or other identification very, very carefully, including both the front and back, decline the sale and call police if you suspect fraud.
SUSPECT IN WHEELCHAIR LEAPS UP AND RUNS WITH HIGH-END WATCH
Stamford, CT – August 2, 2014
A warrant has been issued for a black male suspect named Larry Johnson, born 11/09/76 who is charged with Robbery 2nd degree, Larceny 1st degree and Assault 2nd degree. The suspect entered a mall retail jewelry store in a wheelchair at 2:43 p.m. on a Saturday. 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. The suspect is described as 5’10”-6’1”, stocky build, 40-50 years old, with acne scars on the left side of his neck, and a small scar on the back of his left hand. Witnesses stated that he was wearing earbuds and appeared to be speaking with someone via a blue-tooth device during the incident. If you have information, contact Sgt. P. diSpagna of the Stamford Police Department at 203-977-5828 or Sgt. Anthony Lupinacci at 203-977-4420.
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.
For recommendations on burglary protection, see the bottom of this homepage.
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