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GRAB & RUN – CHARLOTTE, NC

On 2/24/21, at approximately 5:45 p.m., a male subject entered a jewelry store and when he was greeted an employee asked him what he was interested in. He stated that he was interested in a gold chain. He was at the case, and had been looking before the sales associate finished with a different guest. He was shown a smaller gold chain, but said that he wanted something bigger. Since the larger gold chains have been secured in the safe, he was shown this chain. A soon as he had control of the chain, he backed up and then fled from the location. The subject is Black. He has short dreads and gold front teeth. He was last seen wearing a black hat worn backwards, a black t-shirt with a light blue print on the front, ripped jeans, and white sneakers. This subject is believed to have committed five grab and run thefts in the Charlotte, NC area. If you have any information regarding this subject, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

SUBJECTS SOUGHT FOR GRAB & RUN – PLANO, TX

On 2/21/21, at approximately 1:35 p.m., two male subjects entered a jewelry store and requested to see men’s gold bracelets. The subjects walked to the showcases and were then assisted by several sales associates. The first sales associate attempted to develop a rapport with the subjects but was unsuccessful. The sale was referred to the second sales associate. During the sales presentation one of the associates pulled a men’s bracelet from the case. At this point, one of the subjects then grabbed the bracelet from his hand and both fled from the store. The subjects were seen getting into a gray four door compact style car. Both subjects are Black. The first subject is 5’9″ and has a medium build. He is in his late teens to early twenties. He was last seen wearing a dark jacket, pants, and a surgical mask. The second subject is 5’5″ and has a thin build. He is in his late teens to early twenties. He was last seen wearing a dark jacket, a brown stocking style hat, dark pants and a surgical mask.  If you have any information regarding these subjects, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

SNEAK THEFT – LYNNWOOD, WA

On 2/15/21, at approximately 3:00 p.m., a subject entered a non-profit thrift store and stole a gold cross valued at $925. The subject was observed on video removing the piece. 100 percent of the store’s profits go to support animal rescues and sanctuaries. Click here to see footage of the crime. If you have any information regarding this subject’s identity, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

DISTRACTION THEFT – LAS VEGAS, NV

On 2/13/21, at approximately 4:35 p.m., a male and female subject entered a jewelry store and asked to see diamond rings. They pointed out rings quickly in order to confuse the sales associate. During the interaction, the male subject took one of the rings off the finger of the female subject and put it in his pocket. They left the store a short time later. The store did not discover the ring was missing until a couple of days after the theft. The male subject was described as Black with a medium build. He wore a black sweater, baby blue shorts with a black stripes and baby blue shoes. A description of the female was not provided. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

SMASH & GRAB – STERLING HEIGHTS, MI

On 2/15/21, at approximately 6:00 p.m., two subjects entered a jewelry store and smashed a showcase containing diamond solitaire rings. The subjects used a sledgehammer. There were two sales associates in the store with two guests. One of the guests tried to stop the subjects and injured his hand. No other injuries were reported. The subjects then ran out of the mall. They  were dressed in black. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please notify the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

FUGITIVE ARRESTED AFTER STEALING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF JEWELRY- NJ & PA

On 2/10/21, 22-year-old Michael Larbi was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Delaware. He was charged with second-degree theft. Larbi is believed to have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry from several jewelry stores in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Based on information that has been publicly released, Larbi’s pattern of theft began on 10/28/20 after he stole $77,000 in jewelry from a jewelry store in Marlton, NJ. On 11/2/20, Larbi grabbed a pair of diamond rings valued at $20,000 from a store in Hainesport, NJ. On 11/5/21, he went on to steal $97,000 in high-end gems from a store in Haddon Heights, NJ.  Click here to view a picture of Larbi. If you believe you have been a victim of Larbi, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

VISA CREDIT FRAUD – SOUTHLAKE, TX

On 1/7/21, at approximately 12:55 p.m., a male subject entered a jewelry store and purchased a 1 ct. diamond ring valued at $2,406 by utilizing an account bearing a last name that did not belong to him. The true account holder reported this to their local police department. The fraud was identified after the detective assigned to the case reached out to them requesting additional information. The card used was found to have been manually keyed in by the subject. The subject was described as possibly White or Hispanic. He has an olive complexion and is believed to be in his mid-twenties. He is 5’9” and heavy set. If you have any information regarding this subject, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

GRAB & RUN – PHOENIX, AZ

On 2/7/21, at approximately 5:15 p.m., a female subject approached a jewelry kiosk and asked to see a specific 26” gold chain. The sales associate showed the subject the chain and when she received what she thought was the chain, the subject fled. The sales associate then discovered that the subject gave her back the wrong chain, which was fake. The subject was described as a 40-year-old female. She has a medium build. She was last seen wearing sunglasses and a mask. If you have any information regarding this subject’s identity, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

DISTRACTION THEFT – ORLANDO, FL

On 2/6/21, at approximately 3:30 p.m., a male and female subject entered a jewelry store and stood by the lab grown bridal case. A sales associate began to assist the couple and another male subject approached the same case. The second male subject placed his jacket over the top of the display case and then reached over the case and took out a ring. The couple left within a minute of the theft. The first subject was described as a 5’11” Black male. He is physically fit and approximately 37-years-old. The female subject is 5’6″ and Black. She was last seen wearing a blonde/purple wig, a purple bonnet and she had heavy eyelashes. She was in her mid 40’s. The second black male who reached into the case is 5’9″ and bald. He is approximately 50-years-old. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

FRAUDULENT HIGH-END WATCHES SEIZED IN CINCINATTI, OH

On 1/28/21, federal officials from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized 85 counterfeit high-end watches. The watches came from a plastic goods company in Honk Kong. They went through a shipping firm in Saudi Arabia and they were supposed to be shipped to an apartment in New York City. The declared value of the watches was $402. If the watches would have been authentic the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price would have been $5,844,500. In a press release CBP noted that counterfeit commodities fund smugglers and members of organized crime. Click here to read more about the CBP’s press release.