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TRAVELLING SALESMAN ROBBER CONVICTED – HOUSTON, TX

On 8/14/18, 30-year-old Gabriel Ocampo-Mayorquin admitted in federal court that he was a member of a violent robbery crew that robbed traveling jewelry salespeople that visited Houston.

On September 11, 2009, Ocampo-Mayorquin and his Colombian accomplices robbed an off-duty officer from the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission (TABC). Ocampo Mayorquin and Santos Diaz-Soto, 32, approached the officer as he was waiting in his car for the salesman. Ocampo-Mayorquin used a “glass punch” to break the windows of the car. Diaz-Soto, brandished a gun.

After breaking the window, the men attempted to steal several watches. The officer fired shots which injured both assailants. Diaz-Soto was shot in the back and arms, while Ocampo-Mayorquin was shot in the arm.

The two injured men, fled into a green Acura driven by 35-year-old Juan Carlos Valencia. Shortly thereafter, witnesses saw three vehicles enter into an apartment complex to change license plates and switch cars. After the robbery, Ocampo-Mayorquin fled to Mexico. The other subjects were charged and sentenced.

Ocampo-Mayorquin was incarcerated for eight years in a Mexican prison. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) extradited Ocampo Mayorquin from Mexico to face charges in the United States. Ocampo-Mayorquin faces up to 20 years in prison.

SMASH & GRAB – PALM COAST, FL

On 8/11/18, at approximately 7:31 p.m., two subjects entered a jewelry store. One of the subjects approached a sales associate at the bridal case while the second subject stood by the gold showcase. The subject at the bridal case attempted to take the display case keys from the sales associate but failed. He then fled from the store. At that point, the subject at the gold showcase brandished a small sledgehammer and smashed the gold display case. He removed six chains. Both subjects then fled. Both subjects were described as Black males in their early 20’s.

The first subject is 5’8” and has a thin to medium build and a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt, gray khaki shorts with white sneakers and a white baseball cap. The second subject is also 5’8” and has a thin to medium build. He has short hair and a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt with a Nike swoosh on it, blue denim shorts and blue or black sneakers. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

ROBBERY SUBJECTS ARRESTED – SAN LEANDRO, CA

On 8/8/18 and 8/9/18, two subjects were arrested for a jewelry store robbery that occurred on July 24, 2018. According to the San Leandro police, Steven Glenn, 35, and Randy Hawkins, 41, both confessed to the robbery of a jewelry store. On July 24, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the two men entered a jewelry store and inquired about expensive jewelry. The men then left the store briefly but returned. One of the subjects remained outside while the other subject entered the store and began smashing glass display cases. After the subjects left the store, they were confronted by a mall security officer. The officer sustained injuries after one of the subjects threw the hammer at him. The subjects then went into a parking lot and fled in a car. Ultimately, police shared surveillance footage of the robbers with other law enforcement agencies. San Leandro police received a tip with information regarding their identities.

ATF AGENT IMPERSONATOR SENTENCED – SALUDA COUNTY, SC

On 8/8/18, 29-year-old Robert Goodwin, Jr. was sentenced to 45 years in prison. Goodwin along with three other men; Abin Lee Lowman, James Wilson and Joshua Darien committed a home invasion of a jeweler. The men meticulously prepared for the robbery which involved a week of surveillance to know the jeweler’s daily routine and habits. Goodwin and his accomplices purchased a gun, dark clothing, gloves, walkie-talkies and zip-ties. They committed the robbery on March 8, 2017.

On the night of the robbery, Hubbard and Goodwin broke into the jeweler’s vehicle and stole a .380 caliber pistol. The men then proceeded to enter the jeweler’s home through a window at midnight. Wilson and Darien shouted “ATF” as they ordered the jeweler and his wife from their bedroom. Lowman waited outside the home during the two-hour home invasion. Lowman was waiting for the keys to the jewelry store, as well as the alarm and safe codes.  Lowman instructed Goodwin and Hubbard to kill the jeweler and his wife if things went wrong.

The jeweler and his wife had their hands restrained with zip-ties. They were then separated while the jeweler had a gun pressed against his head. While the jeweler was restrained, Goodwin showed him a picture of his wife’s driver’s license and said, “I see your wife is an organ donor. You don’t want her to be donating any organs, do you?”

Lowman then left the residence and was on his way to the jewelry store. However, he was stopped by police for a traffic violation and subsequently arrested. The other subjects were also subsequently arrested.

SMASH AND GRAB ROBBERY – JOLIET, IL

On 8/8/18, at approximately 10:24 a.m., four subjects perpetrated a smash and grab robbery. A male subject wearing a black Nike shirt entered a retail jewelry store and inquired about engagement rings. After the sales associate greeted him the subject said ” oh you don’t need to come out. I am just looking.” The subject then exited the store. Shortly thereafter, three subjects entered the store wearing medical masks and carrying small sledgehammers. They immediately began smashing the showcases.

The first subject was described as a Black male in his late 20’s. He is 5’8″ and weighs 205 lbs. He was last seen wearing a baseball hat, camouflage shorts, a black Nike t-shirt and gray shoes. The three other subjects were also Black males. They each wore black pants with construction vests, medical masks, and baseball hats. If you have any information regarding these subjects please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

SNEAK THEFT – OGDEN, UT

On 8/5/18, at approximately 4:30 p.m., a female subject entered a retail jewelry store and inquired about rings to replace one she had lost. The sales associate presented the subject with several rings, including a black sapphire ring which the subject said looked identical to the one she had lost. The sales associate assisted her for thirty minutes when the subject decided she would return at another time. When inventory counts were completed on the following day, the store realized the ring was no longer in the case. The female subject was described as 30 years old and White. She is 5’8” and weighs 120 pounds. She has short brown hair and was last seen wearing shorts and a t-shirt. She had tattoos on her thighs and shoulders. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

DISTRACTION THEFT – MADISON, WI

On 8/6/19, at approximately 6:00 p.m., a male subject entered a retail jewelry store and produced a credit card to purchase a men’s gold chain. Before the subject presented the card to store personnel, he spoke to another male and female customer inside the store. The subject was overheard telling them, “I hope this card works.” The subject’s card did not work. At that point, the assistant manager told the subject she would need another form of payment and identification that matched, in order to process the sale. The manager turned away to pass a set of keys to an associate.  She left the chain in front of the subject. When she turned back around, the chain was gone. She asked him where the chain was and he said he had given it to the other employee. The assistant manager asked him to empty his pockets. He declined and the second male subject stated they had to leave. The three subjects then left the store.

The subject that attempted to use the credit card was described as a 25-year-old Black male. He has dreadlocks and was last seen wearing an eye patch over his right eye. He is 5’8” and has chipped front teeth. He also has a slim build. The male that conversed with him was described as 25-years-old and White. He has short dirty blonde hair cut into a shaggy style. He had facial hair on his chin. He is 5’10.” The female was described as White and in her mid 20’s. She is approximately 5’4” and has brown hair. If you have any information regarding this subject please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

ROBBERY CREW LEADER SENTENCED TO 55 YEARS – LOS ANGELES, CA

On 8/3/18, 47-year-old, Keith Marvel Walton, was sentenced to 55 years in prison. Walton was the leader of a group that stole $6 million worth of high-end watches from jewelry stores. Walton was a high-ranking member of an Inglewood street gang that orchestrated the robberies. The robberies were committed in shopping malls during the day. Walton along with four other men were convicted last summer. Walton was convicted of conspiring to violate the Hobbs Act by planning jewelry store robberies. Walton participated in three of the robberies. Prosecutors have convicted a total of 19 defendants who took part in at least one smash and grab robbery.

CREDIT CARD FRAUD – CHILLICOTHE, OH

On 7/21/18, at approximately 7:40 p.m., two subjects entered a retail jewelry store and inquired about diamond solitaire earrings. One of the subjects looked at several pairs of earrings and selected an item he wanted to purchase. The subject presented a credit card and swiped the card. However, the system failed to read the card. At that point the subject manually entered the card numbers into the credit card terminal. After the transaction, the subject exited the store.

The charge was later determined to be fraudulent. Both subjects were described as 30-year-old Black males. The first subject is 6’3” and weighs 300 lbs. He was last seen wearing a t-shirt and jeans. The second subject is 6’4” and weighs 300 lbs. He was last seen wearing a blue pullover shirt and jeans. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

DUO CHARGED FOR $700,000 ROBBERY – SPRINGFIELD, MO

On 6/19/18, at approximately 8:19 p.m., two men entered a retail jewelry store and demanded jewelry from two female employees. The men also claimed to have a gun, but never displayed a weapon. The men escaped with $700,000 in jewelry. The duo was arrested and has been identified as 31-year-old Jamele Nolden and 25-year-old Curtis Hicks. They are facing charges of first-degree robbery.