X

Daily Blog Registration Form

X

Daily Blog

SMASH & GRAB – TROY, MI

On 12/10/18, at approximately 8:30 p.m., a subject entered a jewelry store and used pepper spray to incapacitate the store’s security guard. The subject then used a hammer to breach a glass display case. He took jewelry and then fled from the store. Approximately one week prior to this incident, another smash and grab occurred in Clinton Township, MI. In that incident, three robbers entered a store shortly before 8:30 p.m. After smashing display cases, subjects then proceeded to escape with 150 diamond rings valued at more than $100,000. Detectives in Troy, MI and their colleagues in Clinton Township will consult to determine if the two events are connected. Clinton Township Detective Capt. Richard Maierle, has stated, “Wer’re thinking this possibly could be a loosely organized gang.” If you have any information regarding these incidents, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

GRAB AND RUN – COMMERCE, CA

On 12/9/18, at approximately 12:20 p.m., a male subject entered a jewelry store shortly after opening. The subject stated he was interested in a Christmas gift for his fiancé. He began looking at diamond earrings and asked to see a 2-carat diamond earring. After the item was removed from the showcase, the subject requested to see the 1.50-carat diamond earrings to compare the two. Once the second item was removed from the showcase, the male grabbed the second pair and fled from the store. He is believed to have fled in a green Kia Soul. He is a white male in his early 20’s. He is 6’1” and has an average build. He was last seen wearing black pants, a black jacket, and a camouflage hat. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

SNEAK THEFT – LAGRANGE, GEORGIA

On 12/7/18, at approximately 1:30 p.m., a male subject entered a jewelry store and examined chains and bracelets. After viewing several items, the subject asked to see several bracelets for comparison. After several items were removed from the showcase, the subject inquired about pricing. The sales associate took the items to the POS to retrieve information on the prices. At that point, the male stated he had to go to his car to get his wallet. Shortly thereafter, the sales associate realized a bracelet was missing. The subject was described as a 5’9” black male. He is approximately 65-years-old. He was last seen wearing khaki pants with a tan sports coat and a white button-up shirt. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

SMASH & GRAB – CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI

On 12/6/18, at approximately 8:40 p.m., three subjects entered a jewelry store and went directly to bridal display cases. One of the subjects removed a hammer and then proceeded to smash a display case. The other subjects removed the display glass and then put merchandise into a white plastic bag. The subjects then fled from the store on foot. The subjects were described as three Black males. They each wore hoodies. If you have any information regarding this incident, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

GUNPOINT SMASH AND GRAB ROBBERY – SAN DIEGO, CA

On 12/5/18, at approximately 7:12 p.m., two gunmen carrying crowbars entered a jewelry store. The subjects used crowbars to smash one of the display cases. They then escaped with jewelry. The subjects were both described as black males in their 20’s. Each subject was about 5’8” tall. They each wore dark clothing, masks, and gloves. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-03288.

GRAB AND RUN – WICHITA, KS

On 12/3/18, at approximately 5:20 p.m., a subject entered a jewelry store and inquired about women’s bracelets. He was presented with a diamond bracelet. He then stated he wanted to look at men’s watches. The sales associate showed him a men’s black dial watch. The subject asked to try on two watches together to see how they looked. Once he had both watches on his wrist, he fled from the store. The subject was described as a 20-year-old Black male. He is 5’4” and weighs 130 lbs. He has an infinity tattoo on his right wrist. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and a black beanie on his head. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

GUNPOINT ROBBERY – TARBORO, NC

On 11/26/18, just before 5:00 p.m., an 84-year-old jeweler was assaulted and received two black eyes after being the victim of a robbery. The jeweler has been in business for more than 60 years. The gunman ordered him to lay on the floor. Once the subject went behind the counter, the 84-year-old jeweler put the robber in a headlock. The subject managed to escape with a box of jewelry. The subject was described as a light-skinned black male. He is 6 feet tall and has a slender build. He has black curly hair and was last seen wearing all-black clothing. The subject’s vehicle was described as a silver older model sedan, which may have been a Honda Accord. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

GANG MEMBER SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS – SALINAS, CA

On 11/27/18, law enforcement authorities announced that 31-year-old Anthony Lek, a gang member linked to the Norteno affiliated Santa Rita street gang was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Earlier this year, Lek pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy, robbery affecting interstate commerce and using a firearm in a violent crime.

Lek was one of nine men charged in Operation Daybreak. On June 2, 2010, Lek pointed a gun at employees of a jewelry store and demanded they open the jewelry cases. Lek and an accomplice then zip-tied employees before escaping with $800,000 in jewelry. Lek has been in custody since his 2015 arrest.

SWITCH THEFT – SAN BRUNO, CA

On 11/20/18, at approximately 8:15 p.m., a subject entered a jewelry store and asked to see men’s gold necklaces. After trying on one of the bracelets and returning it, the sales associate immediately noticed the chain the subject returned was fake. The associate requested the subject return the necklace. The subject denied switching the chain and walked out of the store and then fled from the mall. The subject was described as a White male in his 30’s. He is 6’2” and weighs 195 lbs. He was last seen wearing a grey hoodie. He has skin rashes on both hands. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

SMASH AND GRAB – ERIE, PA

On 11/19/18, at approximately 9:51 p.m., two masked subjects entered a jewelry store and yelled for everyone to get on the ground. The subjects then went directly to the loose diamond showcase. They smashed two cases using a yellow hammer. They then removed two full trays of loose diamonds. The subjects then exited the store. A customer observed the subjects get into a van. The Millcreek Police Department pursued the subjects. The subjects then wrecked the van and ran into the woods. One subject was arrested and two other subjects escaped. If you have any information regarding this incident, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.