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GRAB AND RUN – LACEY, WA

On 7/19/18, at approximately 10:57 a.m., a male subject entered a retail jewelry store and said he wanted to purchase a watch. The associate proceeded to explain different watches. The subject was shown several watches over the course of 20 minutes. A second subject then entered the store and began to converse with the first subject. At 10:53 a.m., the first subject told the second subject to leave the store. At that point, the first subject was comparing two watches and then asked about a third watch. The subject grabbed all three watches and fled from the store.

The first subject was described as a 33-year-old White male. He is 5’11” and weighs 160 pounds. He has tattoos and heavy scarring on both forearms. He also has a shaved head. He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat that had the Volcom logo on it. The second subject was described as a 25-year-old White male. He is 5’11” and weighs 150 pounds. He has shaggy curly hair, with green hair in the back. He also has a heavily scarred face and arms. If you have any information regarding these subjects please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

MAN INDICTED FOR GUNPOINT ROBBERY – MERCERSBURG, PA

On 7/13/18, 40-year-old Kevin Combs was indicted by a grand jury for robbing a jewelry store on November 19, 2015. In that incident, two males wearing hoodies, masks, and gloves entered a jewelry store. They announced the robbery and pointed a gun. They proceeded to steal $33,000 worth of jewelry as two customers and three employees were in the store. The subjects escaped in a vehicle driven by a third male. Investigators believe there will be more arrests.

SMASH AND GRAB – COPLEY TWP, OH

On 7/16/18, at approximately 6:00 p.m., four subjects entered a jewelry store. Two of the subjects used hammers to smash open display cases. The subjects stole diamond necklaces and a pair of earrings before they fled. They were in the store for less than 20 seconds. They escaped in a black 2002-2009 Chevy Impala with a vehicle registration tag in the back window. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

TRAVELING SALESMAN ROBBER SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS – SAN DIEGO, CA

On 7/12/18, 32-year-old Jonathan Braun Ortiz was sentenced to 15 years in prison for robbing a traveling jewelry salesman in University Town Center in San Diego two years ago. On 3/16/16, Ortiz and his accomplice, Diego Rojas, assaulted the salesman as he left a grocery store and walked towards his car. The victim suffered permanent eye damage from being kicked during the robbery.

The robbers slashed the tires on the victim’s car and then stole pearl necklaces, bracelets and rings. The stolen merchandise had a retail value of $1.5 million. Ortiz and Rojas were linked to another robbery of a jeweler on 12/7/14. In that incident, the men approached jeweler Mark Himmel at gunpoint outside of his home. They stole $600,000 worth of jewelry. None of the merchandise stolen from the two victims was ever recovered.

After Ortiz and Rojas went to trial, Himmel was found dead of a gunshot wound in his home. The death was ruled a suicide. According to Deputy District Attorney Lucy Yturralde, the robbery left Himmel, who was not insured, despondent and in debt. Rojas and Ortiz were also convicted for their involvement in a robbery crew in Los Angeles that had targeted jewelry salesman in 2015. In January 2016, the two men were sentenced to a year in prison, but by that point, they had served their time and they were released. Three months after their release they committed the robbery in University Town Center. Rojas was ultimately sentenced to 21 years in prison while Ortiz received a 15-year sentence.

DNA LEADS TO INDICTMENTS AFTER 4 YEARS – CANTON, GA

This week a Cherokee County grand jury indicted two men for a gunpoint robbery committed at a jewelry store in Canton, GA nearly five years ago. The suspects, identified as Brian Lamar Robinson and Erin Stephon Arms were each indicted on one count of armed robbery, theft by taking and criminal damage to property in the second degree. Arms also received a count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, while Robinson was indicted on possession of tools during the commission of a crime.

On November 22, 2013, at approximately 11:30 a.m., both men entered the store and ordered employees to the ground. They then proceeded to crack open display cases. They stole $25,000 in jewelry from the store. Investigators recovered DNA from discarded evidence at the scene. Arms is currently in custody while Robinson is still at large. If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – BURGLAR ARRESTED THREE YEARS AFTER CRIME

On 7/11/18, North Charleston Police arrested Brandon Romaine Smith for a burglary that occurred three years ago. According to police, Smith broke into a retail jewelry store on July 29, 2015. He gained entry to the store by smashing out the front glass door. At approximately  3:24 a.m. Smith used bolt cutters to smash open a display case. He then stole $40,000 worth of jewelry.

GRAB AND RUN – CHARLOTTE, NC

On 7/10/18, at approximately 1:53 p.m., a subject entered a retail jewelry store and said he was looking for something for his wife and he wanted to “wow” her. He also stated that he wanted to spend about $20,000. He stated he was in the Marines and had just “gotten Back”. He introduced himself as Sam and said he was in the doghouse with his wife.

Once the subject was shown a ring, he grabbed it and fled from the store. He was observed fleeing into a Silver Nissan Altima, driven by a female with another female in the front passenger seat. The same group committed another theft at another jeweler 30 minutes prior to this incident. The male was described as Black and in his early 30’s. He is 5’10” and has a medium build. He was last seen wearing a red polo shirt with black pants and red sneakers. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

ROBBER STARTS FIRE TO CREATE DISTRACTION – SAN ANTONIO, TX

On 7/9/18, a subject poured lighter fluid on charcoal bags and ignited them inside of a department store. He then fled from the store with a crowd. He was observed reentering the store. He smashed a glass display case and stole several items. The subject was described as a 45-year-old man. He has a shaved head and was last seen wearing khaki pants and a plaid shirt. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

GRAB AND RUN – MEMPHIS, TN

On 7/6/18, at approximately 11:52 a.m., a male subject entered a retail jewelry store and inquired about diamond solitaire earrings. The subject had a sales associate’s business card and asked to speak with that associate. The subject was in the store the previous day and looked at solitaire earrings. He claimed to have a budget of $2,500. Another associate assisted with the presentation because the associate the subject intended to speak to was off for the day.

The subject asked to see 1 ct. earrings. Once he had those earrings in his possession he asked to compare them to 1.5 ct. round solitaire earrings. As the sales associate held the second pair, the subject grabbed them from her hand and fled from the store. The subject fled into a gold Mercedes 4 door SUV. The subject was described as Black and in his early 30’s. He has a slim build and weighs 160 pounds. He also has short hair and dark skin. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, white pants, and brown shoes. He also wore sunglasses. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

GRAB AND RUN – TACOMA, WA

On 7/3/18, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a subject approached a kiosk and asked to try on a chain. After trying on a 24” chain, the subject looked at it in the mirror and then fled from the store. The subject was described as a 23-year-old White male. He is 5’10” and weighs 180 pounds. He has a tattoo on his right arm and short hair. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.