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GRAB & RUN – ALBUQUERQUE, NM

On 7/26/2021, a male subject approached a jewelry store kiosk and asked to see a particular ring.  When the team member showed him the selected ring, the subject grabbed the ring from the team members hand and fled from the store. The subject was described as Hispanic, 5’4″, and in his late 30’s with a slender build.  If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328 or jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

 

 

 

BURGLARS PRY OPEN DOOR – YORKVILLE, IL

On 7/26/21, at approximately 5:12 a.m., two male subjects pried open a jewelry store’s back door. Once inside the location, one subject began smashing showcases with a large sledgehammer, while the second subject was scooping the merchandise into a large tote. After two minutes of being in the store, the subjects exited the location through the same point of entry and fled. The first subject was described as being Black/Hispanic, 5’10”, and 200 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, black jeans, white tennis shoes, and a face covering. The second subject is Black/Hispanic, 5’9”, and 180 lbs. He was last seen wearing black jeans, a grey t-shirt, and a black face covering. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328 or jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

GRAB & RUN – HOBBS, NM

On 7/23/2021, a subject entered a jewelry store and asked to see a Cuban chain in particular. The team member showed him the selected chain, and the subject put it on. Once the chain was on his neck, he fled from the store with the item. The subject was described as tall with a  medium build. He has blonde dyed hair shaved on the side. He was last seen wearing a white button-up shirt with a red and white tie, grey slacks, and shoes. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328 or jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org 

GRAB & RUN – TEMECULA, CA

On 7/22/21, at approximately 7:40 p.m., a subject approached a kiosk and asked to see a chain.  After being displeased with the first chain, he asked to see another chain.  As soon as both chains were out and in the possession of the sales associate, the subject snatched them out of the associate’s hand and ran out of the mall.  The subject was described as an 18-year-old Black male. He is 5’10”, and approximately 137 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue sweats, a black hoodie, a beanie, slides, and white socks. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or 212-687-0328.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR GUNPOINT ROBBERY – REDWOOD CITY, CA

On 7/20/21, Redwood City police arrested  27-year-old Angel Veragaleana, in connection to a gunpoint robbery. On 6/13/21, Veragaleana threatened a victim inside the store with a black semi-automatic pistol. He demanded the store’s safe and items from the display case. He racked the pistol in an attempt to pull the trigger, but the gun malfunctioned and ejected two live rounds. Veragaleana, then proceeded to smash the display case with his hand. He then fled from the store. After police conducted a search at Veragaleana’s residence on 7/20/21,  they located a pistol and a ghost gun at a second residence.

GRAB & RUN – ESCONDIDO, CA

On 7/15/21, at approximately 5:15 p.m, a subject entered a jewelry store and indicated he wanted to view chains.  As the subject was on the phone and mumbling while speaking into the phone, the associate handed him a chain.  As the subject grabbed the chain, he threw it in the air, caught it, then took off running with it outside the mall.  The subject was described as a Black male in his mid 20’s to early 30’s. He is 5’10”, and has a medium build.  He was last seen wearing a grey Kangol hat, a blue long sleeve v-neck sweater vest, and grey pants.  He also has black dreadlocks stuffed under his hat. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or 212-687-0328.

DISTRACTION THEFT – WEBSTER, TX

During a routine inventory count on 7/19/21, a jewelry store discovered multiple items missing from a showcase. It was determined at least 21 items were missing. A review of the store’s video system identified a distraction theft that had occurred on 7/17/21. The subject was seen utilizing an unknown type tool to gain access to the case. He had a shopping bag with him which he used to conceal the stolen items in. He was on location for approximately 30 plus minutes. The first subject was described as Black, approximately in his late 20s-early 30s, with an athletic build. He is approximately 6’2″, and was last seen wearing a long-sleeved white t-shirt, blue shorts, a black baseball cap, and white shoes. There was possibly a second subject involved. He is a light-skinned black male in his early 30s. He is approximately 220 lbs and 6’2″. He was last seen wearing a dark blue t-shirt, khaki shorts, white tennis shoes, and a black baseball cap. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328 or jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

BURGLARY – CHICAGO RIDGE, IL

On 7/16/21, at approximately 1:20 a.m., two black male subjects gained entry into the mall through the mall corridor. They then proceeded to a jewelry store where they were successful in prying open the gate with a crowbar. Once inside the location, they smashed a showcase with the crowbar and removed the vast majority of gold chains. The Chicago Police Department immediately responded as well as the mall security director. Both subjects were described as Black Males. The first subject is 5’9”, 25-30 years old, 185-190lbs, and dark-skinned. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, light gray pants, and a white face mask. The second subject is dark-skinned and in his mid 20’s. He was last seen wearing a Black hoodie, black pants, and a black mask. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or 212-687-0328.

GRAB & RUN – DANBURY, CT

On 7/14/2021, at approximately 3:40 p.m., four male subjects approached a jewelry kiosk in a mall.  Initially, one team member was assisting the subjects until a second team member approached to assist.  A subject wearing the Nike hooded sweatshirt requested to look at a gold chain and shark charm.  He claimed he was purchasing the items for his 4 year old brother.  The team member removed the neck display containing the items from the showcase.  The team member explained to the subject the chain was too long for a four year old.  After doing so, the team member moved the neck display to the center counter.  The subject then requested to look at a men’s diamond chain ring, which was presented to the subject.  While this was happening, the other three subjects walked away from the kiosk.  The second subject wearing a Puma track jacket returned to the other side of the kiosk and requested to look at a 22” gold rope chain.  The subject alleged he was looking to spend $950 dollars.  The team member presented the chain to the subject.

At this point, the team member assisting the subject who had possession of the men’s diamond ring picked up the neck display and attempted to return it to the showcase.  The subject grabbed the neck display, containing two chains and a shark charm, from the team member and ran from the kiosk.  The other subject grabbed the 22” gold rope chain from the team member and ran from the kiosk as well.  The four subjects ran towards the mall exit leading into the parking garage.  One subject, mistakenly tried to exit through a window next to the exit doors, breaking the window.  Mall Security and the Danbury Police were notified.  Mall Security provided video of the subjects and their vehicle to the Police. All four subjects are described as Black, 5’8″, and approximately 18-years-old with thin builds. The third subject wore a mask, a black hooded sweatshirt, Yankee cap, and dark jeans. The fourth subject wore a mask, purple hat, multi colored shirt and shorts. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328 or jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org.

ROBBER SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS IN PRISON – HOBART, IN

On 7/14/21, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Jon DeGuilio, sentenced 30-year-old Altonio Dequan Benson, to 84 months or 7 years in prison for his involvement in a $1 million smash and grab robbery in Hobart, IN on January 25, 2019. Benson, of Detroit, MI, pleaded guilty to robbery affecting interstate commerce. He was ordered to pay restitution of  $422,552. Benson’s accomplice, Darren Bell, was sentenced to 39 years in prison for his involvement in the crime. He was also ordered to pay the same amount in restitution as Benson. A third subject is still unidentified. Benson has seven prior felony convictions and he was on probation when he committed the robbery.