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SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER STEALING HIGH-END WATCHES – NAPLES, FL

On December 30, 2020 34-year-old Andrew Strange of Broward County, FL was extradited to Collier County, FL where he was charged with grand theft $20,000 – $100,000. On 10/1019, at approximately 5:15 p.m., Strange grabbed high-end watches from a jewelry store and fled when an associate turned her back. The watches were valued at about $10,000 each. Fingerprints were retrieved at the scene, which were used to identify Strange. Surveillance footage also implicated Strange in the crime.  Investigators also found that Strange was suspected in several thefts of high-end watches in Florida. Strange is currently being held in Naples Jail Center on $100,000 bond. Click here to see his image.

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER ASSAULTING 89-YEAR-OLD – LA GRANGE, KY

On 12/31/20, in the afternoon, a suspect later identified as 26-year-old Shampayle Strother, went into a department store and inquired about seeing jewelry. When the 89-year-old clerk started to unlock the drawer, the subject reached over. The clerk put her hand out and said, ‘No.’ The suspect used his other hand to hit the clerk on the side of the head. He knocked her into the counter and then onto the floor.

The punch left the clerk bruised, bleeding and unconscious. The subject fled from the scene. He was ultimately identified by witnesses who knew him. A tip led to his arrest on 1/4/21 at a library parking lot. When police found him, he was wearing gold necklaces that he stole from the store.

The clerk is 4’11 and weighs 89 lbs. Click here to view a clip about the arrest and the robbery.

SUBJECTS WANTED FOR ROBBERY AND THEFT – CALIFORNIA

As recently as 12/7/20, two subjects committed a smash and grab robbery at a jewelry store in Carlsbad, CA. In that incident, the first subject used a hammer to break a display case. The second subject then entered the store and stole several pieces of gold jewelry. He placed them inside a bag and then both subjects fled from the store.

Those subjects are also believed to have been involved in three other crimes. On 11/29/20, they entered a jewelry store in La Mesa, CA where they distracted the sales associate. One of the subjects reached into an open display case and stoles several gold chains.

On 11/16/20, the two subjects committed a smash and grab at a jewelry store in San Diego. In that incident they stole several gold chains. On 10/18/20, the subjects committed a smash a  smash and grab in San Diego, CA. They stole several gold necklaces.

Both subjects are Black males in their mid twenties. The first subject is approximately 5’10” and weighs 200 lbs. The second subject is  6’0″ and weighs between 210 to 230 lbs. He has tattoos on his left or right arm. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

MAN AND WOMAN CHARGED AFTER ROBBERY – NEW BERN, NC

On 12/28/20, at approximately 2:50 p.m.,  22-year-old Hunter Martin went into a jewelry store. He punched an employee in the face and then ran out of the mall with jewelry . He was seen getting into a silver car with a female inside. Approximately two hours later, Martin was seen driving the car. Police tried to stop the car, but Martin drove off at speeds approaching to 100 miles per hour.

Officers ended the chase due to safety concerns for other motorists. Martin ended up crashing the car. He was taken to a medical center and then charged the morning after his release. He is charged with common law robbery, two counts of felony hit & run, fleeing to elude and resisting obstructing and delaying a public officer. The woman in the car, Victoria Frazier, was charged with aid and abet larceny. Click here to see their mug shots.

GRAB & RUN – LANSING, MI

On 12/27/20, at approximately 1:30 p.m., a subject entered a jewelry store and requested to see diamond rings. After the subject was shown several rings, he walked around the store and looked at various pieces of jewelry inside showcases. He then returned to the bridal counter and requested to see a 1 carat ring. Once the ring was removed from the showcase, the subject grabbed it and fled from the store.

The subject was described as a 6, 0” and 240 lbs. He is in his early to late twenties. He has short dreads and was last seen wearing a black breast cancer awareness sweatshirt with the words “Fight Like a Girl” printed on it. He also wore black sweatpants worn low and red tennis shoes. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org

DISTRACTION THEFT – ROSEVILLE, MS

On 12/26/20, at approximately 4:00 pm, a male subject entered a jewelry store along with two female subjects to look at gold chains. The male subject stated his name was Johnny. He claimed that he just bought a chain from another retailer and wanted to compare it to the current store’s men’s gold chains. During the presentation, he requested to see a heavy two-tone chain but decided he didn’t want that chain. He then tried on a 22” gold curb link chain and placed it back on the showcase.

The Hispanic female subject also  asked about a second gold chain to compare with the one he had previously purchased from the other retailer. At that point, the Hispanic female balled the chain above in her hand and concealed it in her purse. The three subjects discussed other chains and pricing for several minutes before leaving the store with the chain.

The male subject is Black, 5’10” and weighs 220 lbs. He is in his mid 30’s. He was last seen wearing a black hat, a grey hoodie and jeans. The Hispanic female is 5’3” and in her mid 30’s. She was last seen wearing a black coat with a grey hoodie underneath and jeans. The second female subject is Black, 5’8” and weighs 200 lbs. She is in her mid 50’s. She was last seen wearing a red beanie, a grey winter vest, with a long sleeve red shirt and jeans. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or 212-687-0328.

MASKED GUNMAN SOUGHT IN ROBBERY – WEST HAVEN, CT

On 12/22/20, a subject committed a gunpoint robbery at a jewelry store. Limited information has been released. Click here to view pictures of the subject. If you have any information regarding the identity of the subject involved, please email the Jewelers Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or call JSA at 212-687-0328.

SUBJECT CONCEALS TRAY OF RINGS IN COAT – PALM SPRINGS, CA

On 12/18/20, a man wearing a black trench coat, a blue face covering and a dark bandana entered into a store that sells jewelry. The subject paced in the store for about 6 minutes. As an employee assisted another customer, the subject concealed a tray of rings. Click here to watch a video of the crime. If you have any information regarding the subject involved, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or at 212-687-0328.

ARMED ROBBERY – HEATH, OH

On 12/19/20, at approximately 6:34 p.m., two subjects entered a jewelry store; the first subject was on his cell phone, while the second subject went directly over to the display case containing gold merchandise. The first subject asked where the solitaires were located. As he asked the question, he lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun. He then shoved the employee into the display case.

At this point, the second subject interjected and said, “fill this bag.” The employee attempted to hand the subjects the keys to the display case, however one jumped over the counter and used a screwdriver to pry the case open containing the certified diamond rings and gold merchandise. As the employee was filling the pillowcase, the subject stated he didn’t want the components. Both men then fled from the store on foot with various gold and diamond merchandise.

Both subjects were described as Black males. They are approximately 27-years-old. The first subject is 6’ and weighs 185 lbs. He was last seen wearing a green baseball cap, a grey hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black tennis shoes and a white mask. The second subject is approximately 190 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black tennis shoes and a black mask. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please notify the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328 or jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

MUSICIAN FACING JAIL TIME FOR GRAND THEFT OF JEWELRY

30-year-old singer Sean Kingston was recently charged in connection with grand theft for failure to pay for jewelry that was delivered to him. Law enforcement does not intend to actively search for Kingston, however, the warrant would come up if Kingston was detained or pulled over.

In 2018, Kingston was ordered to pay $301,500 to a jeweler based in New York City. In that matter, the jeweler filed a lawsuit over nine pieces of jewelry that were never paid for. In 2015, Kingston was ordered to pay $356,000 due to unpaid purchases to another jeweler. Kingston faces up to three years in prison if he is convicted. His bail was set at $45,000.