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BURGLARS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PORTLAND PROTESTS – PORTLAND, OR

Three businesses in Portland were burglarized by what may be the same subject over the last three weeks. Click here to view a video which recounts the subject’s crimes. If you have any information regarding the subject’s identity, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

MASKED THIEF WANTED FOR GRAB & RUN – NIAGRA, NY

On 7/20/20, at approximately 4:50 p.m., a masked male subject was inside of a jewelry store when he asked to see an 8 ct. diamond bracelet. As the employee placed the bracelet on the counter, the male grabbed it and then fled from the store. Click here to see the subject’s image. If you have any information regarding his identity, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org

SMASH & GRAB ROBBERY – SPRINGFIELD, MA

On 7/20/20, shortly after 4 p.m., two subjects entered a jewelry store and smashed a glass counter. They then stole an undisclosed amount of jewelry. No injuries were reported. If you have any information regarding this incident, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org  .

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER GUNPOINT ROBBERY – DOVER, DE

On 7/17/20, just before 11:45 a.m., 25-year old Mazen Faraj attempted to rob a jewelry store at gunpoint. Upon entering the store, Faraj revealed a purple and silver handgun, while he demanded jewelry from an employee. The employee refused to give up the money and Faraj then fled the store on foot, but he remained inside the mall. Police found Faraj and took him into custody. Click here to read more about the crimes Faraj is being charged with.

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER FIRING SHOTS IN JEWELRY STORE – WESTLAND, MI

On 7/9/20, in the late afternoon, 24-year-old Gregory Jones was in a jewelry store with acquaintances when they got into an argument. During the dispute, Jones pulled out a gun and then fired shots into the air. He allegedly fired shots at the men he was arguing with as they ran away. No one was shot, but two bystanders outside of the store were hit with shattered storefront glass.

The group had a prior interaction before their dispute in the mall. The Detroit police and the U.S. Marshal fugitive Apprehension Team arrested Jones.

Click here to see footage of the shooting. Police are still seeking to identify the other individuals seen in the video. If you have any information regarding their identities, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

MAN CHARGED IN $200 MILLION PONZI SCHEME – MELVILLE, NY

On 7/14/20, 53-year-old Gregory Altieri, was charged with one count of wire fraud. Federal prosecutors have accused Altieri of running a two-year, $200 million Ponzi scheme. Seth DuCharme, the acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said that “Altieri defrauded investors, including retirees living off their pensions, by representing that he was buying and reselling jewelry for big profits, which was a lie.”

The victims of the Ponzi scheme were police officers, firefighters or first responders from Queens, Long Island, Staten Island in New York and other places. They were promised returns of up to 75% within months of their investments.

ROUNDTABLE: How to keep jewellery stores safe during a pandemic PART II

On 7/10/20, ProfessionalJeweler.com shared some insight into how jewelers are keeping their stores safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more.

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER BURGLARY – RACINE, WI

A 24-year-old man from Racine, WI identified as Montavius Drane appeared in court on 7/9/20 for allegedly burglarizing a jewelry store on 6/1/20; which was the same night as civil unrest in Racine. Click here to learn more about how police implicated Drane in the crime.

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 .