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POSSIBLE ATTEMPTED CREDIT CARD FRAUD – DURHAM, NC

A couple entered a jewelry store around 11:45 am. One of the subjects was a Black male, approximately 6”,  who wore a gray suit, was bald and wore his sunglasses the entire time. He was with a White female, approximately 5’11, who wore a plaid coat and had ombre brown to blonde long hair. The couple quickly chose a loose 2.52 ct. cushion cut diamond and then said they would go through the mall to see more options from different stores.  They returned to the jewelry store around 12:40 p.m. and wanted to purchase the loose 2.52 ct. diamond. They insisted on purchasing the diamond loose and did not want the store to set the diamond. The male said they were visiting from Florida. The store asked for his driver’s license and credit card. The male subject had a Florida driver’s license and a gold American Express card. The store reported he filled out the client sheet very strangely and the sales associate had to ask for him to write down his address. The sales associate took his card and brought it to the office to run a code 10 on the credit card. The male was told the internet was down and it was going to be a minute for the store to ring the sale, so he abruptly said they had a phone call and wanted his cards back and they left the store. If you incurred a loss from this couple or experienced similar suspicious activity from a couple fitting this description, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa@jewelrssecurity.org or 212-687-0328.

 

SECURITY WEBINAR FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

On 11/16/21, at 2:00 p.m. EST, John Kennedy, President of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, will participate in a webinar where he will review security procedures and current crime trends. Click here to register for the webinar.

GRAB & RUN – SEABROOK, NH

On 11/13/21, at approximately 6:30 p.m., store management for a jewelry store reported a grab and run theft occurred. A lone subject entered the store and was greeted by an associate. He mentioned he was doing early holiday shopping for his mother. The associate asked if he shopped at the jewelry store before and he said no. The associate gave him a brief description of where things were located as he hovered over the diamond case. He said he wanted to give her something like the 1.5 diamond solitaire, pointing to the item.  The associate brought out the diamond he wanted to see, he grabbed it from the associate’s hand and then fled from the store in an unknown direction. The Seabrook Police responded to take a report. There were no injuries. This is the same suspect from Somerville, MA where the subject committed a grab and run and was apprehended, the subject was out on bail. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328 or jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org.

SNEAK THEFT – MELBOURNE, FL

On 11/7/21, at approximately 1:04 p.m., a distraction theft was committed at a retail jewelry store, and three diamond rings and one gold chain were stolen. At approximately 12:08 p.m., a sales associate was displaying merchandise in the showcase and failed to lock the case correctly, as she left to assist guests. At 1:05 p.m., two subjects entered and noticed the unlocked case, and stole an element of three diamond rings. The subjects exited and returned at 1:08 p.m. They proceeded to walk around the store for a few minutes, then, at 1:10 p.m., went to the showcase and stole an element with the gold chain. The loss was discovered during counts on 11/8/21. The subjects were described as two Black males. The first subject has a slender build and is in his 40’s. He is of medium height and he was last seen wearing grey sweat pants, a blue shirt hanging underneath a camo jacket, a beret, and a facemask. The second subject has a large build. He is 6’2″, bald, and in his 40’s. He was last seen wearing dark jeans, a grey button-down shirt worn outside the jeans, and black sneakers. He also wore glasses.  If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328 or jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org.

CHECK FRAUD ATTEMPT – COLUMBUS, GA

On 11/10/21,  during the 12 o’clock hour, a male subject entered a retail jewelry store and shopped for an engagement ring and a set of 1 1/5 ctw diamond stud earrings.  He said he was “in the doghouse” and needed to make some purchases. Once the associate rung the items up, the man wrote a check for the amount.  The name on the check indicated it was named after a lawn care business and had an Atlanta address.  The man portrayed that he was calling his bank for approval and provided an approval number over his telephone.  The associate knew wiser and the check was declined and refused.  The man then attempted to present a traveler’s check and was refused. It is believed the man is going city to city and state to state attempting check fraud schemes.  He said he had been in Birmingham, AL, and had visited other jewelry stores. The subject has a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a black Nike hoodie with a white Nike logo. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328 or jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org.

SNEAK THEFT – GREENWOOD, SC

On 11/4/1, at approximately 3:15 p.m., a retail jewelry store was the victim of a sneak theft.  A lone male entered the location and began looking at rings. After looking a several, the male asked to see 1/3 CTW round solitaire ring.  The ring was removed from the showcase and handed to the male.  Then, a second ring was requested.  Once the second ring was removed, the male gained possession of both items.  Next, the male handed one back to the team member and laid the above item on top of the showcase.  When doing so, the male was engaged in conversation about the pricing and warranty.  While the team member was collecting price and warranty information from the Ipad, the male slid the above ring into his right hand.  The male continued to discuss pricing and warranty information with the team member and then stated he needed to discuss the information with his wife.  The male exited and never returned.  The subject was described as White, 5’6″, and having a large build. He is in his mid 40’s. He was last seen wearing a blue hat, jeans, and a light blue hoody. He also has a beard. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or 212-687-0328.

GRAB & RUN – KINGSPORT, TN

On 11/7/21, at approximately 1:30 p.m., a subject entered a retail jewelry store and wanted to see chains. He had a large cross pendant of his own.  The subject was shown one chain he claimed was too long.  He was then shown a medium-length chain along with another shorter chain and pendant.  When he had both items, he ran from the location after pretending that he wanted to look in a mirror. The subject was described as a Black male in his 30’s. He is 5’8″ and weighs 120 lbs.  He was last seen wearing a bucket hat and white t-shirt with a design on the front.  He also wore skinny blue jeans with holes in them.  He had medium-length dreadlocks that were yellow and he had gold teeth. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or 212-687-0328.

GRAB & RUN – TACOMA, WA

On 11/4/21, at approximately 1:20 p.m., a grab and run theft occurred at a retail jewelry store.  An unknown male subject approached the store and requested to see gold chain and pendant combinations.  The subject took interest in a chain and pendant, along with a gold ring to accompany it.  Once the items were removed from the showcase, the subject reached over the counter and grabbed the items from the associate’s hand, and then ran out of the store. There were no injuries to associates or customers. The subject was described as Black. He is approximately 6’4″, has a medium build, dreadlocked hair down to his mid-back, and multiple face tattoos. He was last seen wearing an olive green jacket, and dark blue jeans. If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or 212-687-0328.

SUSPECTS ARRESTED AFTER BRANDISHING MACHETE – VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

On 10/30/21, 38-year-old Marcus Conaway and 42-year-old Frederick Robinson raised concerns when they drove through a department store’s parking lot with their car’s license plate concealed by a grocery bag. After the subjects entered the department store, they approached a jewelry counter and attempted to break the glass display and open its locked doors.

According to police, a clerk came to that area to assist the suspects, who had inquired about two sets of wedding bands. Robinson proceeded to snatch the rings from the clerk’s hands and then quickly walked to the exit. When Robinson was confronted by store employees, he brandished a machete. At that point, the employees backed away which allowed the suspects to exit the store. Officers outside the store were already investigating the suspects’ vehicle in the parking lot. The suspects were then arrested shortly after exiting the store. Robinson was charged with robbery and grand larceny and Conway was charged with conspiracy to commit grand larceny.

GRAB & RUN – LAS CRUCES, NM

On 10/28/21, a grab and run occurred at a retail jewelry store. The subject entered the store and asked to see a gold chain and said he did not care about the price. He then gave the piece back and left the store. He returned a short time later and asked to see the gold chain again. Once the chain was in his possession, he fled with the item. The subject was described as a Hispanic male in his 20s. He weighs 180 lbs. and was last seen wearing a flat rim black hat with a gray design, and a paisley black and white bandana covid mask.  If you have any information regarding this subject, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org or 212-687-0328.