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GRAB AND RUN – LYNNWOOD, WA

On 5/6/18, at approximately 5:18 p.m., a subject entered a jewelry store and inquired about several items. He exited the store at 5:24 p.m., and returned at 5:28 p.m. As an associate was assisting a new customer, the subject broke a display case off of a security cable. He then fled from the store. The subject was stopped in the parking lot by another customer. The customer retrieved the display, however, the subject escaped. The subject was described as a Black male in his early 20’s. He is 5’3” and has a slim build with close cropped hair. He was last seen wearing a dark hoodie and dark jeans. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

VETERAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR JEWELER’S DEATH – NEW YORK, NY

On 5/2/18, a Federal Judge ordered Hector Rivera, 66, a Vietnam veteran, to serve life in prison plus 25 years for paying a hit man to kill a jeweler on a busy Midtown Manhattan street in 2004.  Rivera’s sentence was announced 6 months after a jury found him guilty for the death of jeweler Edward Nektalov.

Rivera led a violent robbery crew and paid  two individuals a total of $30,000 to murder Nektalov. On May 20, 2004, Nektalov was shot in the head on Sixth Avenue in New York City. The gunman then fired two more shots in Nektalov’s back.

Rivera, was awarded five medals for his service in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, including a Purple Heart. Rivera’s lawyer, Mark DeMarco, unsuccessfully argued that Rivera came from an impoverished family and suffered post-traumatic stress disorder.

EXTERNAL SWITCH – PLEASANTON, CA

On 5/3/18, at approximately 1:45 p.m., a subject entered a store and inquired about diamond earrings. He made two visits to the store. After the subject left the store. The associate tested the earrings and determined they were CZ’s. The subject was described as a 45-year-old Black male. He is 5’7” and weighs 200 lbs. He was last seen wearing a brown hoodie, dark pants and a brown backpack. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

ROBBER SENTENCED TO 78 MONTHS – LAS VEGAS, NV

On 5/2/18, 38-year-old Jessie Mendoza, was sentenced to 78 months in prison for committing a smash and grab robbery on September 12, 2016. Mendoza wore a “Friday the 13th” – style hockey mask during the commission of the crime. Upon entering the store, he smashed display cases with a hammer. He then acted as a lookout while his accomplices stole jewelry from display cases.

GRAB AND RUN – VACAVILLE, CA

On 5/1/18, at approximately 3:46 p.m., a subject asked to see multiple solitaire rings. He stated he was looking for his girlfriend. The sales associate attempted to get the subject’s name, however, the subject refused. After obtaining a 2.06 ct. ring he fled from the store with the item. He was described as a 27-year-old Black male. He is 5’7” and weighs 155 pounds. He was last seen wearing large diamond earrings and a button down beige long sleeve dress shirt and dark slacks. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

BANK DROP ROBBERY – LAWTON, OK

On 4/30/18, at approximately 9:45 p.m., two jewelry store employees arrived at a bank to make the nightly deposit. As one of the employees approached the ATM, a male subject brandished a handgun. A second subject then emerged from the bushes. Both subject wore black masks and gloves. The employee dropped the deposit bag which allowed subject #1 to pick it up. Both men then fled on foot. Both subjects were described as Black males. If you have any information regarding their identities, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

SUSPICIOUS LYFT RIDER ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY – WICHITA, KS

On 4/28/18, at approximately 4:50 p.m., two men entered a jewelry store. One man was armed with a gun. One of the subjects then pointed a gun at a sales associate. The associate fled from the store and pulled an alarm on her way out. One of the subjects followed the associate and another fled on foot.  One of the subjects proceeded to enter a Lyft. The Lyft driver called police because he thought his passenger was acting suspiciously. Police responded and arrested the subject that was a Lyft passenger. The second subject remains at large.  If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS FOR KILLING JEWELER – BALTIMORE, MD

On April 26, 2018, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland announced that Stanislav “Steven” Yelizarov’s 20-year sentence would run consecutively to a 30-year sentence he is currently serving. The 30-year sentenced was a result of Yelizarov’s role in a jewelry store heist, carjacking, kidnapping and home invasion that occurred between 2012 and 2013. Yelizarov’s was sentenced to 20 years for killing a jewelry store owner during a robbery in 2009.

DISTRACTION THEFT – SAN ANTONIO, TX

On 4/21/18, at approximately 7:15 p.m., two female subjects inquired about numerous items. After looking at several pieces, one of the women applied for credit. While one of the subjects conversed about credit, her accomplice asked to see a bracelet. As she examined the bracelet, the sales associate continued to assist the first woman with her credit application process. After she was declined, both women left without making a purchase.

Several minutes later, the sales associate discovered the bracelet was missing. The first subject was described as a 5’6”, 180 lb dark skinned Black woman. She had a nose piercing and a multi colored head wrap. The second woman is also Black, 5’6” and weighs 180 lbs. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

SHOTS FIRED IN SMASH & GRAB – ANCHORAGE, AK

On 4/24/18, at approximately 7:37 p.m., three male subjects committed a gunpoint smash and grab robbery of a store that sells jewelry. One man was armed with a long gun while his two accomplices had handguns. One of the subjects also had a hammer. In the process of smashing one of the jewelry display cases, a round was discharged from his gun. The round went into the display case and no one was injured. The subject then removed jewelry. After taking the merchandise, the subjects fled from the store.

The subjects were described as Polynesian. The first subject wore a gray hoodie with a black jacket with white stripes and black pants. He also wore a mask. The second subject wore a gray jacket and black pants. The third subject wore a black and white plaid jacket, black ski cap and a kerchief covering his face. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.