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COUPLE SOUGHT FOR BURGLARY – NACODOCHES, TX

On 11/27/20, at approximately 4:00 a.m., two subjects committed a burglary in which three necklaces were stolen from a jewelry store; two in Sterling silver and one was in gold. The subjects were described as a couple. Click here to watch a video to learn how the subjects entered the store.

SUBJECT WANTED FOR BURGLARY – MONROE COUNTY, MI         

On 11/22/20, a male subject committed a burglary at a jewelry store. Click here to see his picture. If you have any information regarding this subject, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

ROBBER ARRESTED AFTER 6-HOUR STAND OFF WITH POLICE – TRUMBULL, CT

On 11/20/20, at approximately 7:00 p.m., 24-year-old Eddie Lynch brandished a gun and committed an armed robbery at a jewelry store.  He used the gun to break the glass of a display case and that is when the gun went off once. No one was injured. He then grabbed several gold chains.

Lynch then fled from the store and got in a car which led to a police pursuit. He struck one person a few blocks away near where the car crashed. The extent of that victim’s injuries are not known, however, they were transported to a hospital. Lynch remained in the car for hours. He fired his gun at officers at least once during the standoff. He was eventually arrested. Click here to find out what offenses Lynch was charged with.

PACKAGE RETRIEVAL SCAM

The Jewelers’ Security Alliance has recently been informed of a scam in which a female subject is calling jewelry stores claiming to be from FedEx or UPS. She states that the carrier shipped “the wrong cartons” and needed to send someone to “recall the package”. The suspect obtains the information on deliveries by surveillance of the store or by inquiry through social engineering, even obtaining tracking information. In one case the suspect had learned through surveillance that four packages had just been delivered to a jewelry store.

If the store allows for package to be retrieved, the subject will send a professional courier who will arrive and say he was there to recall the package. The subjects have successfully hit in San Francisco, but have also called stores in Boston, NY and FL. Do not give out a package.

3 GERMAN MEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING $1 BILLION DRESDEN MUSEUM BURGLARY

More than 1,600 officers raided 18 locations in Berlin, Germany on 11/17/20. The raids were conducted in connection to a burglary that occurred at the Green Vault Museum in Dresden, Germany on 11/25/19. Federal special police forces were also deployed to assist in the raid. The jewelry from the burglary was not found at the time of the raid. Click here to view a video recounting the raid.

THE IMPACT OF CHARGEBACKS & FALSE DECLINES TO YOUR ONLINE SALES

On 11/17/20, Denise Purtzer, VP of Partnerships and Alliances for ClearSale gave a webinar in which she described the monetary costs of chargebacks and false declines. She also described the potential impact to customer experiences so that you have the tools to offer protection against chargebacks as well as the best customer experience for your online shoppers. Click here to watch the webinar.

BURGLAR STEALS 76 RINGS WORTH $50K IN BURGLARY – PLANO, TX

On 11/4/20, shortly before midnight, a male subject used a rock to break through the glass door of a jewelry store. The subject stole 76 rings. Click here to view a video of the subject committing the crime and to see an interview with the store’s owner. If you have any information regarding the subject’s identity, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

STAGED ROBBERY – CHARLOTTE, NC

On 11/13/20, at approximately 2:15 p.m., a male subject entered a jewelry store and asked to see gold chains. He was shown chains by the sales associate and he had the chain in question in his possession. A second male subject then entered the store. That subject attempted to disguise himself by wearing a wig with long hair, black tights and very short shorts.

The second male approached the first male and pretended to strike him. The first male pretended to be hurt. The second subject then grabbed the gold chain from the first subject, who was holding it. The second subject turned to escape. He threatened sales associates if they did not unlock the door to let him out. He was not seen after that. The first subject remained in the store and claimed that he was injured. He requested an ambulance. He was transported to the hospital and he was followed by a detective. He is believed to be an accomplice. Due to the threat to the sales associate, this crime was classified as a robbery.

Both subjects are Black males. The first subject is 5’9″ and weighs 200 lbs. He has a thick accent, short hair, ad he was last seen wearing light colored jeans and a dark shirt. The second subject is 6’1″ and has a thick build. He was last seen wearing a women’s wig, a white shirt, black tights and very short shorts. If you have any information regarding these subjects please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

ROBBERS FACE UP TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON – LINCOLN, NE

On 11/12/20, judge Darla Ideus sentenced 23-yeard-old Anthony Toliver and Brandell McKissic-Elliot, 19, both to 15 to 20 years in prison for their involvement in a jewelry store robbery on 1/15/20. On that day, one of the subjects was armed with what may have been a BB gun. He ordered everyone in the store to put their hands up. One of the suspects made an employee gather up jewelry trays and put them in a backpack, as the other suspect stole jewelry from a safe. The suspects escaped with thousands of dollars in jewelry. They were subsequently arrested later that day. Click here to learn how.

SUBJECT SOUGHT FOR NEARLY $200,000 WORTH OF GRAB & RUNS – BORDENTOWN, NJ

The New Jersey State State Police are searching for a male subject who has committed at least three recent grab and run thefts. On 10/28/20, the subject stole diamond rings in Marlton, NJ. He was wearing a gold watch on his left wrist. He also had a red iPhone in a clear case and a $2 bill folded up in it. He fled in the passenger side of a BMW sedan with tinted windows and temporary tags.

On 11/2/20, the subject targeted a jewelry  store in Hainesport, NJ. He took engagement rings. Before the theft, he took pictures, said he had to make a call, then he exited and returned to commit the theft. His most recent crime occurred in Haddon Heights, NJ on 11/5/20. Click here to see an image of the subject. If you have any information regarding this subject, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or call JSA at  212-687-0328.