X

Daily Blog Registration Form

X

Daily Blog

SMASH & GRAB SUBJECTS WORE N95 MASKS- TRACY, CA

On 5/7/20, at approximately 8:25 p.m., two subjects stole $150,000 worth of jewelry by smashing a store’s jewelry display cases. The subjects wore N95 masks and sunglasses. One of the subject’s used a sledgehammer to break the display case while his accomplice positioned their getaway car closer to the store. The employees ran towards the robber in the store. The robber fled to the awaiting getaway vehicle. The driver of the getaway vehicle then brandished a gun at the employees before driving away.  If you have any information regarding the subjects involved, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

SUBJECT COMMITS SMASH & GRAB AT PAWN SHOP – PHOENIX, AZ

On 5/6/20, at approximately 2:00 p.m., a subject went into a pawn shop and pulled a hammer out of his bag. He proceeded to smash showcases and then fled with jewelry. Click here to see footage of the subject. If you have any information regarding this subject, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org.

EMPLOYEE SERIOUSLY INJURED DURING ROBBERY – AUSTIN, TX

On 5/7/20, at approximately 5:00 p.m., multiple subjects entered a jewelry store and opened fire. An employee was shot and is seriously injured. At least two suspects are in custody. Law enforcement is looking for at least one additional subject. If you have any information regarding this incident, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org

SUSPECT RELEASED BECAUSE OF COVID-19 COMMITS MORE CRIMES – IA

On 2/6/20, 21-year-old Mason Bernie Galvan, stole a bracelet and two chains from a jewelry store in West Des Moines, IA. Those items were valued at more than $11,000. On 3/6/20, at approximately 3:30 a.m., Galvan used a brick to break the window of a jewelry store in West Des Moines. In that incident, he stole high-end watches. Two days later Galvan attempted to target the same store at 11:00 p.m, but the owner was in the store and scared him off.

On 3/9/20, Galvan was arrested after he stole a vehicle from a parking lot. Galvan was released on 3/27/20 because of COVID-19. On 4/14/20, Galvan committed more crimes in which he broke into a car and stole credit cards. He was arrested on 5/5/20. Click here to see his mugshot and to read about his most recent charges.

How Organizations Can Ramp Up Their Cybersecurity Efforts Right Now

On 5/1/20, Brenda Sharton wrote an article for the Harvard Business Review in which she outlined some of the best practices for organizations to improve their cybersecurity. Click here to learn how to keep your organization safe.

SUBJECT STOLE OVER 200 RINGS! – NASHVILLE, TN

On 5/2/20, at approximately 10:30 p.m., a male subject threw a cinder block through a jewelry store’s window. The subject then proceeded to steal more than 200 rings. He arrived and escaped on a purple bike. He was described as a Black man in his 50’s. He is bald and has a goatee. If you have any information regarding this subject, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org

DOUBLE SHOOTING RESULTS IN EMPLOYEE’S DEATH- MEMPHIS, TN

On 5/1/20, at approximately 1:50 a.m., Memphis police responded to a shooting at a jewelry store. An argument between two of the jewelry store’s employees lead to the shooting. One male employee is dead and the other employee was taken to Methodist South Hospital. That individual is in non-critical condition. Click here to see a news clip pertaining to this incident.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY IMPERSONATING FBI AGENT – LAS VEGAS, NV

On 4/20/20, 57-year-old Kevin White was arrested by federal agents and local law enforcement in Las Vegas, NV. On 9/28/19, a man later identified as White, allegedly entered a jewelry store in St. George, UT wearing a black jacket with “FBI” on the back. He had a metal FBI badge on a lanyard around his neck. He also carried handcuffs, a handheld radio, a black portfolio and a handgun in a holster on his hip.

White displayed several images of what he claimed were wanted fugitives. He asked the employees if they had recognized any of them. The employees told him they did not. At that point, White began to leave, but he turned back and inquired about jewelry in display cases. Two employees showed him several pieces. White told the employees to get behind the counter. White also said “if you hit the button I’ll kill you.” He was referring to the store’s silent alarm button. Click here to find out what happened next and learn how White was eventually arrested.

GUNMAN ARESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER – SUWANNEE COUNTY, FL

On 4/28/20, the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference and announced that they have charged 32-year-old Jermar Tillie in connection to the attempted murder and robbery of the owner of a pawn shop in Live Oak, FL. The robbery occurred on April 20. Tillie was accompanied by an unidentified female. While one of the store’s employees was distracted, Tillie allegedly used a handgun and shot the store owner several times. The suspects then fled in a 2016-2019 Nissan Sentra. The owner is hospitalized and he is in serious condition. Click here to read about how law enforcement arrested Tillie. His female accomplice remains at large. If you have any information about her, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org

SUBJECT WANTED FOLLOWING ROBBERY – AUBURN, NY

On 4/26/20, at approximately 7:56 p.m., a White male wearing a face mask took jewelry out of the hand of an employee of a department store. There was a minor struggle in which the subject used force. The subject then fled through the back of the store. He had shoulder length hair and he was last seen wearing a burgundy hat and sweatshirt  If you have any information regarding this subject, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .