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ARMED ROBBERY – STAMFORD, CT

ARMED ROBBERY – STAMFORD, CT

On 1/24/23, at approximately 5:00 p.m., a lone male subject approached a jewelry kiosk inside of a mall.  After looking around the kiosk, the subject requested assistance at the diamond showcase.  When the team member approached the subject, the subject lifted his shirt and showed the team member a firearm secured in his waist band.  The subject threatened the team member if she did not comply with his request.  The subject demanded three items, which consisted of a birthstone ring, and two pairs of earrings.  The team member turned over the items and the subject ran from the kiosk.  The subject was described as a Black male between the ages of 25-to-35 year-old. He is 6’0″ tall and has a thin build. He has a dark complexion, and was last seen wearing a grey Nike hoody, Adidas sweat pants, a face mask, and a durag hat. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or 212-687-0328.

6 of the biggest jewelry international jewel heists

New York, NY – On January 25, 2023, Jennie Cohen and Lesley Kennedy from the History Channel, published an article on the 6 biggest international jewelry heists.

Click here to read their work.

Organizer of armed robbery sentenced to 96 months in prison

San Diego, CA – On January 23, 2023, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California issued a press release announcing that the suspect who had organized a gunpoint smash and grab robbery was sentenced to 96 months in prison.

Click here to read the press release.

DISTRACTION THEFT – ESTERO, FL

DISTRACTION THEFT – ESTERO, FL

After conducting case counts on 1/23/23, team members realized they were missing three gold chains. Review of CCTV showed that on 1/19/23, an unidentified couple came into the store around 3:30 p.m. and were greeted and they stated they were just looking at Movado watches. They looked around for several minutes before leaving the store. At 3:50 p.m., they came back into the store and proceeded to look around. They were asked by another team member if they needed help, however, they said they were just looking and proceeded to pretend they didn’t speak English. At 4:04 p.m., while the team members were helping other guests, the subjects are observed at the gold case where they used a thin hook like tool to pull 3 chains from the case and then proceed to immediately leave the store

There was no specific damage to the cases, it appears the case was accessed by placing the tool between the glass frame and the drawer. The following subject descriptions were provided: Hispanic Female, mid 30s to 40s, last seen wearing a plain blue shirt, and matching plain blue baseball hat. She also wore a black handbag and wore sunglasses in her hand. Hispanic male, mid 40s, last see wearing a grey plain shirt with blue jeans. He had his hands in pocket at all times with matching grey baseball hat. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org.

3 MINUTE BURGLARY – AUSTIN, TX

3 MINUTE BURGLARY – AUSTIN, TX

On 1/22/2023, at approximately 3:03 a.m., a male subject parked a dark truck in front of a retail jewelry store. He removed a black plastic bin and a hammer from his back seat. The subject then threw the hammer through the lower glass of the store’s front door to gain entry. All of the merchandise was dropped down in the case and wasn’t visible at the time of the theft. The subject pried seven cases open and placed the contents of the case in the bin he brought with him. When the bin was full, the subject left the store and fled. He was in the store for three minutes. He was described as a male wearing a dark jacket, dark hoodie, dark pants, camo hat, mask, and gloves. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328 or jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

2 Subjects use small child to commit distraction theft

Gujarat, India – On January 15, 2023, two female subjects purchased gold ornaments before committing a distraction theft to gain a jeweler’s trust.

The women used fake cell phone numbers and addresses when they were providing information for the bill. As one of the subjects held the child in her arms. the second female concealed a tray of jewelry when the workers were occupied with other tasks.

Watch below to see footage of the theft.

GRAB AND RUN – JACKSONVILLE, FL

GRAB AND RUN – JACKSONVILLE, FL

On 01/20/2023, at approximately 6:00 pm a retail jewelry store reported a grab and run theft occurred. A male subject was looking at several men’s rings and asked the team member which one they thought looked best on him. He had the ring on his finger and tried to make small talk while he took his ballcap off to cover up the ring. When asked for the ring back he just turned and walked away briskly. Subject Description: Black male, 5’8”, thin, early 50’s, some white hair under the tan checkered ballcap, full blue sweatsuit, blue and white sneakers. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or 212-687-0328.

GRAB AND RUN – BRANDON, FL

GRAB AND RUN – BRANDON, FL

On 1/19/23, at approximately 5:10 p.m., a subject entered a retail jewelry store and asked the team member to look at wedding bands and gold necklaces. He did not have a mask, and he was approximately 5’7″ and 170 lbs. He is believed to be between 23-27 years old. He is Hispanic with dark eyes and long curly hair that was in his face.  He said his name was Jose Perez, and he had tattoos on both of his forearms, which were all Chinese letters.

He was last seen wearing a dark hoodie that was baggy and dark crop pants. He was in the store for about 30-40 minutes and tried on numerous pieces and liked a bracelet and wanted to compare a ring.  Another team member went over and asked if he wanted to open an account and he then ran out with the jewelry at approximately 5:55 pm. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or 212-687-0328.

GRAB AND RUN – DURHAM, NC

GRAB AND RUN – DURHAM, NC

On 1/18/23, at approximately 1:00 p.m., a male subject was looking at a watch for himself. He picked one out, and then said that he might be interested in one for his wife as well. He wanted something that matched the one he liked. Then, he wanted to compare another watch to those two and picked out a third one. When the three watches were out, he grabbed all three and fled through another store in the mall. The subject was described as male, Asian, and 5’10”. He has dark hair that is short on the sides. He was last seen wearing sunglasses on top of his head and a white shirt. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or 212-687-0328.

GRAB AND RUN – WATERBURY, NY

GRAB AND RUN – WATERBURY, NY

On 1/13/23, at approximately 5:54 p.m., a lone male subject approached a retail jewelry store’s gold chain showcase and requested to look at a necklace.  The team member removed the chain from the showcase and attempted to place it on the display pad.  At that point, the subject grabbed the chain from the team member’s hand and ran from the store. The following description of the subject was provided: Hispanic, male, 5’6”, thin build, 30 to 45-years-old., wearing a cap, black and red hoody sweatshirt, jeans, and a blue facemask. Please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org if you have any information regarding this subject.