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GRAB & RUN – KANSAS CITY, KS

On 7/7/20, at approximately 6:05 p.m., a subject entered a jewelry store and asked to look at engagement rings for his girlfriend of 6 ½ years. He was shown a ring and then also asked to look at diamond tennis bracelets. The ring was returned to the showcase and the subject asked to see a large diamond tennis bracelet. The sales associate became uncomfortable and did not remove any tennis bracelets. The subject then asked to see the 14K white gold 7/8 cttw bridal diamond ring he previously viewed. When the sales associate removed the ring from the showcase, the subject grabbed it and then fled from the store.

The subject was described as Black, 5’10”, and having a dark complexion. He had very distinctive dry, cracked, yellow brittle nails and a tattoo on his right hand. He has a slender build and is 140 lbs. He is in his mid-twenties to early thirties. He was last seen wearing a blue and white tie-die shirt, purple Jordan hat, khaki shorts and a black face mask. If you have any information regarding this subject, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

GRAB & RUN – LITHONIA, GA

On 7/7/20, at approximately 2:26 p.m., a male subject entered a jewelry store and asked to see a diamond ring. After the sales associate removed the item from the showcase, the male asked to see a  gold bracelet as well. The sales associate informed the subject that only one item could be displayed from the showcase. The male then grabbed the diamond ring and fled from the store.

He was described as Black and in his late 20’s to early 30’s. He is 5’11” and has a medium build. He was last seen wearing a plaid shirt, khaki pants and a surgical mask. He was observed entering a large tan colored SUV. The make and model of the SUV are unknown. It is believed the SUV was driven by a female. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER DRIVING CAR THROUGH MALL – BEAUMONT, TX

On 7/4/20, at approximately 7:54 p.m., 40-year-old Garrick White crashed his car into the entrance of a mall. White then burglarized a jewelry kiosk and then fled on foot. He was subsequently arrested. He is being charged with criminal mischief and two counts of burglary. Click here to find out how White was arrested.

FATHER OF JEWELRY THIEVES RETURNS RING – VILLA PARK, CA

On 6/27/20, shortly before closing, two women committed a distraction theft and stole a $10,000 ring from a jewelry store. Following the theft, the store received a handwritten letter from a person purporting to be the women’s father. The letter explained that the women got the rings by mistake. Click here to see footage of the subjects and learn more. If you have any information regarding their identities, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org

IDENTITIES OF MASKED MEN SOUGHT AFTER SAFE ATTACK BURGLARY – ASTORIA, OR

On 6/26/20, at approximately 11:30 p.m., three subjects burglarized a jewelry store. They used tools to cut through floors, walls, and the safe. They stole an undisclosed amount of jewelry. The burglary appears to be consistent with a professional burglary ring that has targeted jewelry stores around the country.  Click here to see photos of the masked men who visited the store a few days before the burglary. Law enforcement are interested in speaking with them. If you have any information regarding their identities, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org

BURGLAR ATTEMPTED ENTRY THROUGH ROOF – STAMFORD, CT

On 6/18/20, at approximately 3:34 a.m., burglary subject attempted to gain access to a jewelry store by cutting a hole in the ceiling. The subject was observed wearing very distinct sneakers. Click here to see footage of the crime. If you have any information regarding this subject, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org

ROBBERY SUSPECTS TO BE ARRAIGNED – STAMFORD, CT

The three suspects accused of committing a robbery that resulted in the homicide of 69-year-old jeweler Marc Vuono will be arraigned this week. The arraignment will take place via a Zoom conference call on 7/2/20. Earlier last month, federal officials announced that a grand jury in New Haven charged Robert Rallo, 56, of Brooklyn, NY who was aided and abetted by Thomas Liberatore, 62 of White Plains, NY with using a firearm to kill Vuono. The men could eventually receive a sentence of life or the death penalty.

Rallo, Liberatore and Paul Prosano, of Brooklyn, NY were charged with interference with commerce by robbery. That offense carries a maximum prison term of 20 years. Interstate transportation of stolen property carries a maximum prison term of 10 years. Click here to learn more about how the three men were apprehended.

DISTRACTION THEFT – CARSON, CA

On 6/27/20, at approximately 1:25 p.m., a sales associate assisted a family in viewing watches. The husband selected a watch that he was interested in purchasing. The subject agreed to complete a credit application. As the credit application was being processed, the subject removed the watch from the counter pad and placed it in his pocket. A short time later, the husband and wife were in proximity to each other. It is believed that the husband passed the watch to his wife. The subject then requested to view the watch again. A brief conversation about the location of the watch then took place. During the discussion, the wife and her two children exited the store. The husband exited shortly after them.

The male and female are Hispanic. The male is 6’1” and weighs 230 lbs. He is approximately 40-years-old and has tattoos. His wife is 5’5” and weighs 190 lbs. She is approximately 40-years-old and she also has tattoos. The couple had two children; a male and female that were approximately 17-years-old. The 17-year old female is 5’5” and weighs 180 lbs. The 17-year-old male is 5’9” and weighs 165 lbs. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

WRONGFUL ARREST FROM FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY – FARMINGTON HILLS, MI

Robert Williams, 42, was arrested and misidentified for stealing five watches from a store.  Facial recognition technology was utilized to arrest him. He recently recounted his experience. Click here to hear from Robert Williams and click here to learn more about this incident and the pitfalls of facial recognition technology.

Moving Online: Protecting Your Business from Cyber attacks

On 6/25/20, at 1:00 p.m. ET, Andrea Hill of Hill Management Group, will host a webinar on protecting your business from cyber attacks. The panelists for the webinar include, John Kennedy, President of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, Greg (Dutch) Holland-Merten, Director of HMH Consultants, and Elliot Atlas, Chief Technology Officer of Virtual Diamond Boutique. Click here to register for the webinar.