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JEWELER MISCONDUCT – DUBLIN, OH

On 4/16/18, 64-year-old Charles “Mike” Hush, was indicted by a grand jury on 36 counts of theft and one count of engaging in corrupt activity.

According to prosecutor Ron O’ Brien, Hush took jewelry and proceeds from 36 victims. The value of the jewelry exceeded $300,000. The victims told police that Hush took jewelry on consignment and he would not return their jewelry or pay them the proceeds from the sale. Hush’s jewelry store closed in 2016.

DISTRACTION THEFT – WHITEHALL, PA

On 4/14/18, at approximately 7:10 p.m., three subjects committed a theft. While one of the subjects was getting assistance from a sales associate, two other subjects entered the store. One of the subjects acted as a look out. Each subject wore earbuds. While the sales associate was distracted, one of the subjects slid open a case and removed an element with four earrings on it. The first subject was described as a 5’10” black male. He was last seen wearing a purple shirt and hat. The second subject is 5’11” and has an average build. The third subject has a slim build and was last seen wearing a tan coat. If you have any information regarding these subjects please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

VIOLENT GUNPOINT SMASH AND GRAB – BLOOMFIELD, CT

On 4//16/18, at approximately 12:15 p.m., three subjects committed a robbery and stole jewelry. One subject was armed with a shotgun while the second subject brought a hammer. The third subject stood guard.

When the store owner confronted the robbers, they punched her in the face and head. The subjects smashed display cases and then fled from the store with jewelry. As officers responded, they observed the robbers running through yards. The police arrested the three subjects. The owner of the store sustained minor injuries and refused medical attention.

GUNPOINT SMASH AND GRAB – SAN ANTONIO, TX

On 4/12/18, at approximately 8:00 p.m., five subjects committed an armed robbery at a store that sells jewelry. Shortly before 8:00 p.m., one subject entered the store with a pistol. He ordered an employee down to the floor at gunpoint. Subject #1 was followed into the store by Subject #2 and Subject #3, who was armed with a rifle. Subject #4 and #5 then entered the store moments later.

After all employees were ordered to the ground, the subjects split up. Two of the subjects went to jewelry display cases and began to break into the cases.  They then removed jewelry from the cases and placed the merchandise into a black bag. The subjects then demanded the manager open the safe. The manager was forced to take out jewelry and place them into a bag. One of the subjects then told the manager if he saw any police he would shoot everyone in the store. The subjects took hundreds of pieces of jewelry.

The five subjects responsible for this robbery were arrested following a police investigation. Those arrested include; 40-year-old Daniel Ray Rodriguez, 22-year-old Daniel Ray Rodriguez, Jr., 24-year-old Xavier Noel Musquiz, 36-year-old Cesar Rodriguez and 22-year-old Martin Ramirez Hernandez. No injuries were reported from this incident.

JEWELER FOUND GUILTY IN FRAUD SCHEME – SAN FRANCISCO, CA

4/6/18 – Roger Kuo, 48 operated an e-commerce website specializing in watches. Kuo would offer high-end watches for sale on the internet although he did not have them in inventory. He would take his customers money and never send them a watch. According to Prosecutors, six victims lost a total of $161,171. Kuo was found guilty of selling five different watches ranging in price from $16,100 to $33,775. Prosecutors went through more than 50,000 pages of bank and sales records to locate the victims and their money. Nine victims testified in Kuo’s case. The victims came from France, New York City, Los Angeles, Malaysia and Nigeria. Kuo will be sentenced on May 17, 2018.

GRAB AND RUN – PHOENIX, AZ

On 4/11/18, at approximately 8:25 p.m., a female subject asked to see diamond solitaires. After she was presented with a ring, she grabbed it and fled from the store. She was described as a 20-year-old Black female. She is 5’10” tall. She was last seen wearing a green jacket and blue jeans. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

GRAB AND RUN – MONTGOMERY, AL

On 4/9/18, at approximately 1:47 p.m., a subject asked to see a 1.0 carat solitaire diamond ring in white gold. After the item was presented to him, he asked if he could see another ring to compare it to. The subject then grabbed the second ring and fled form the store with both rings. He was described as a 40-year-old Black male. He is 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing slacks and a long sleeve plaid shirt. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

$20,000 REWARD OFFERED AFTER ROBBERY-HOUSTON,TX

On 3/31/18, at approximately 9:04 a.m., two male subjects committed a gunpoint robbery of a pawn shop. The subjects approached employees as they were placing merchandise on the sidewalk in front of the store. The subjects appeared to approach the store from apartments located behind the store.

The subjects confronted two employees at gunpoint. The subjects forced employees into the rear of the store. At that point the subjects ordered one of the employee’s to lay face down on the floor. They also ordered customers to the floor as well. One of the subjects made an employee open the office. He then stole cash from the safe. The subjects also stole jewelry.

The first subject was described as 20-years-old and either Hispanic or Black. He weighs 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, gray sweatpants, gray tennis shoes, a black ski mask, rubber gloves and a teal backpack.

The second subject was described as 20-years-old. He weighs 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and sweatpants, a black rag over his face, rubber gloves, and black and gold Nike Presto shoes.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF),  have offered a reward of up to $15,000. The reward is for information leading to the identification or arrests of the subjects involved in this robbery. Crime Stoppers of Houston has also offered an additional reward of up to $5,000.

GRAB AND RUN – ANN ARBOR, MI

On 4/9/18, at approximately 2:28 p.m., a subject stated he was looking for an engagement ring and introduced himself as Shawn. He stated he was looking for a ring around $2,000 and he also stated he would pay in cash. The sales associate then presented the subject with a ring by placing it on her finger. The subject reached out, removed the ring and then fled from the store. He was observed entering a blue or green Mazda or Ford vehicle. He was described as a Black male with a medium complexion. He is 5’11” and has a slim build. He weighs 160 pounds and has a beard and mustache. He was last seen wearing a black beanie, a black jacket with an 8 ball on the back. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

11 HURT IN FIRECRACKER DISTRACTION – ORLANDO, FL

On 4/8/18, subjects used firecrackers as a distraction in a jewelry store theft. As a result of this incident, five individuals were taken to hospitals. On New Year’s Eve 2017, a similar theft occurred. In that incident a subject tried on a high-end watch when his accomplice set off firecrackers outside of the store. If you have any information regarding this incident, please call the Jewelers Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.