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ARMED ROBBERY – GASTONIA, NC

On 10/14/22, at 1:00 p.m., a male subject was in a retail jewelry store and he was looking at rings. There were other customers in the store at the time, and he waited until they had all left the store. When there were only employees left, he pulled out his firearm and told the employees to empty the cash register. There wasn’t as much money as he thought there should be, so he went to the other register and stole the funds from that location. The subject was described as Black, 30-years-old, and he wore a black hat backward, sunglasses, a dark mask pulled up to his sunglasses and jeans. Please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or 212-687-0328 if you have any information.

SNEAK THEFT – MIAMI, FL

On 10/10/22, at 5:13 p.m., a retail jewelry store was the victim of a distraction theft. A male subject was around a countertop spinner display and was able to gain access to remove ten pieces of merchandise. The subject then left. He was described as a Black male. He is 5’10”, and has a medium build. He was last seen wearing a trucker hat, a dress black shirt, a blue mask, and gray shoes. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org 

SUSPECTS CHARGED FEDERALLY FOR BEVERYLY HILLS, CA ROBBERY

On 10/5/22, three men were indicted by a federal grand jury for their involvement in a brazen smash and grab robbery that occurred at a jewelry store in Beverly Hills, CA on 3/23/22.  The suspects, identified as Jimmy Lee Vernon III, 31, Ladell Tharpe, 37, and Deshon Bell, 20, were charged with conspiracy and interference with a robbery. The subjects allegedly stole 19 bracelets, 4 necklaces, 7 pairs of earrings, a pair of obelisks, 8 rings, and 20 watches. Two days after the robbery, on 3/25/22, Tharpe posted large stacks of money on his Instagram account that praised his “robbery gang.” If convicted, each defendant could face up to 20 years in prison for each count. The suspects were arrested last month. Click here to see footage of the crime. Click here to see footage of the robbery.

GRAB AND RUN – HENDERSON, NV

On 10/05/22, a grab and run theft occurred at a retail jewelry store.  A male subject entered the store and requested to see chains and a matching pendant.  During the presentation, a team member presented a chain and pendant to the subject.  Upon having both pieces, the subject then fled from the store and mall with the stolen chain and pendant.  There were no reports of injury.  The subject was described as a Black male, around 6 ft tall, with a slender build, in his mid-20s.  He was last seen wearing a red beanie, a dark face mask, a long-sleeved red shirt, black pants, and white Nike shoes. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or 212-687-0328.

SUBJECTS WANTED FOR SMASH & GRAB ROBBERY – VERNON HILLS, IL

On 10/3/22, in the morning, two subjects committed a smash and grab robbery at a jewelry store. The subjects used hammers to break a glass display case after the store opened. One of the subjects threatened an employee with a hammer when the employee called 911. The suspects were last seen wearing dark hoodies and black masks. They drove a dark SUV. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

DISTRACTION THEFT – MYRTLE BEACH, SC

On 10/1/22, at approximately 4:25 p.m., a jewelry kiosk was the victim of a distraction theft.  Two males entered the location and initially, acted as if they were not together. One of the males approached the gold showcase and began looking at chains and bracelets. A team member opened a showcase and began showing merchandise. As soon as the showcase was open, the second male approached the showcase as well.

During the interaction, both males began talking fast, flashing money, reaching in and out of the showcase, and asking the team member questions.  A key-holder observed the behavior and approached the males and a team member who was assisting, and the males quickly exited.  Video was reviewed and the theft was confirmed. Both males were engaged in stealing a chain and two bracelets.

The subjects’ descriptions are below:

Subject 1:  Male, Black, late 50’s, 5’11”, thin build, wearing black pants, a black t-shirt, a gray hat with a black bill, and a mask.

Subject 2:  Male, Black, late 50’s, 5″06″, thin build, wearing dark pants, a gray shirt, a black jacket with white stripes down the arms, a black hat, and a mask.

GRAB AND RUN – THE WOODLANDS, TX

On 9/29/2022, at approximately 10:30 a.m., a male subject entered a jewelry store and stated that he was looking for a round solitaire for his second marriage. The associate showed him a few options and the subject kept asking for a larger item. The subject then requested to look at the 1.5-carat loose cushion cut diamond.

The associate removed the loose diamond from the case and requested the subject’s identification. The subject asked to look at the loose diamond again. The associate allowed him to see the loose diamond, and the subject grabbed the prop with the certification report and fled from the store. No associate or customer injuries were reported. The subject entered a black 4-door sedan. The subject was described as a Hispanic male in his mid 30’s to early 40s. He is 5’11”, has a medium build, and was last seen wearing glasses on his head, a blue face mask, an orange Houston Texans t-shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

 

SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR SMASH & GRAB – BEVERLY HILLS, CA

On 9/21/22, the Beverly Hills Police Department announced that three suspects were arrested for committing a smash and grab robbery in March 2022, that netted them millions of dollars worth of jewelry. Two of the suspects were arrested in Long Beach, CA and another suspect was arrested in Barstow, CA. On 9/21/22, the Beverly Hills Police Department’s Swat Team was assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation when they arrested a minor for commercial burglary. A total of four suspects have been arrested for this crime. Up to six suspects were reportedly involved in the robbery. Information regarding the names of some of the suspects can be found here. If you have any information regarding the suspects who are still wanted, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or 212-687-0328.

 

SMASH AND GRAB ROBBERS WANTED – FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA

Law enforcement in Fairfax County Virginia are currently investigating three jewelry store robberies that occurred at Tyson’s Corner Center, the Fair Oaks Mall, and the Springfield Mall, in an effort to assess whether or not the robberies are connected.

The first robbery occurred on 9/8/22 at 2:45 p.m. In that incident, the subjects smashed display cases and stole high-end watches and jewelry. On 9/18/22, after 1:00 p.m., subjects used hammers to smash through a jewelry store’s display cases and also stole high-end watches. The third robbery took place on 9/20/22. In that incident, one male subject entered a jewelry store and proceeded to show a handgun and told employees to let another man inside the store. Once both subjects were inside the store, they used hammers to smash through display cases. The subjects fled the scene in a black Lexus SUV that had stolen license plates. Click here to view pictures of the subjects and read their physical descriptions. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328 or jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org

 

3 SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOLLOWING BURGLARIES – HOUSTON, TX

Three suspects are in custody after Harris County Precinct 8 deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress. At approximately 3:30 a.m, three subjects burglarized a jewelry store inside a mall. Responding deputies found the suspects’ vehicle across the street from the mall. The driver of the vehicle was detained, while the other two suspects ran through the mall parking lot. One of the suspects was also accused of aiming a gun at a wrecker driver who tried to stop them.

As the driver of the vehicle was being escorted to the deputies patrol car, he fled and was subsequently caught by the deputy. That suspect was identified as 28-year-old Telvin Leavean McMillion. Another suspect, identified as 39-year-old Jubbar Ballee Bothe, hid in nearby bushes before he was taken into custody. He was found with trash bags, burglary tools, and jewelry. The third suspect, identified as 27-year-old Cameron Zonell, was found in a dumpster. The suspects are accused of stealing over $500,000 worth of merchandise. They are suspected to have targeted two stores.