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GUNPOINT ROBBERY – ORLANDO, FL

On 9/13/20, at approximately 10:49 p.m., two subjects approached a mall kiosk, where a security guard was standing. A gun was pulled on the security guard, who was made to get on the ground. One of the subject’s began smashing the showcases with a ten pound sledge hammer. That subject then removed the merchandise with the help of his accomplice. The subjects quickly exited the mall.

The first subject is approximately 19-years-old. He is 6’2″, thin and weighs 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red short sleeve sweatshirt with a grey colored hoodie underneath. His head was covered with the hood. He also had dark running pants with a light stripe up the side and white sneakers with black stripes. This subject had the sledge hammer. It is believed that this subject was in the mall earlier in the day asking to take pictures of the gold showcases.

The second subject is also approximately 19-years-old. He was last seen wearing dark clothing and his head was covered. The subject appeared to be holding a gun on the security officer. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org 

FBI CHARGES TWO ROMANIAN MEN AFTER STEALING JEWELRY IN 3 STATES – WYOMING

On 9/9/20, two Romanian men, identified as Ionel Serban and Nicolae Ursu were charged in federal court in Wyoming. The men were charged with interstate transportation of stolen property after being caught in a fraudulent return scam. Click here to read more about this case.

GRAB AND RUN – LAKE GROVE, NY

On 9/10/20, at 3:20 a.m., a male subject approached a kiosk and stated he was interested in gold chains. After discussing the chains, the subject requested to look at the 30” rope chain. While in possession of the 30” rope chain, the subject requested to look at the 24” rope chain. The sales associate removed the 24” rope chain from the showcase but before the chain could be presented, the subject grabbed the chain and ran with both chains. No injuries were reported. The subject ran away but left his wallet behind on the showcase. The wallet contained the subject’s driver’s license and social security card. The wallet was given to the police. The subject was previously trespassed from the mall.   Mall security provided video of the subject running towards the bus stop where he gave the chains to a woman boarding the bus. The subject was described as a 37-year-old Black male. He is 6’1” and has a medium build. If you have any information regarding this subject, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

GRAB & RUN – TEMPE, AZ

On 9/9/20, at approximately 12:30 p.m., a subject entered a jewelry store and said he had been to the store previously. He said he was set up on progressive leasing. He asked to see a gold cross and the sales associate showed it to him. The subject later realized the chain with the cross was gold plated. He then asked if he could see a gold chain that he pointed out. A sales associate asked for the cross back and the subject said “well how am I supposed to buy it if I can’t try it on?” The sales associate then handed him the chain and the subject fled the store with the merchandise. The subject was described as a Black male in his late 20’s. He is 5’10” and has a thin build. He wore a light colored mask, a black t-shirt, blue jeans and white shoes. If you have any information regarding this subject, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

THEFT – HAYWARD, CA

On 9/8/20, at approximately 11:25 p.m., a male subject approached a jewelry store and asked to see a pendant. After the associate pulled it out, the subject requested to try on the pendant. The associate informed him that he would have to wait a moment, at which point he reached out and grabbed the pendant from the associate’s hand. The subject then walked away from the store with the pendant. The subject committed a grab & run at this location on January 28, 2020. The subject was described as a 40-year-old Black male. He is 5’3” and has a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and black and yellow checkered pants. If you have any information regarding this subject, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org

GRAB & RUN – WATERBURY, CT

On 9/3/20, at approximately 4:30 p.m., a male subject approached a kiosk and stated he was interested in gold chains and charms. The subject alleged he was shopping online and he wanted to see the chains at the store. After looking at several chains, the subject requested to try on the 26” curb chain with the charm. After taking off the items he subject ran from the kiosk. No injuries reported. The subject was described as a thin Black male. He is 6’ and has a thin build. He was last seen wearing a red face mask, a black shirt and grey sweat pants. If you have any information regarding this subject, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org

GUNPOINT ROBBERY – WASHINGTON, PA

On 9/2/20, at approximately 6:00 p.m., two subjects entered a jewelry store and showed black handguns to the store associates. The subjects  handed over pillowcases and demanded the associates to fill them up. The subjects then fled with jewelry. Both men wore masks. The first subject is described as a Black male in his 40’s. He is about 5’9″ and weighs 200 lbs. He was last seen wearing a blue plaid shirt and jeans. The second subject is a Black male in his 20’s. He is about 5’9″ and weighs 165 lbs. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and jeans. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

ATTEMPTED CREDIT FRAUD – ORANGE, CA

On 9/1/20, at approximately 6:35 p.m., a male subject entered a jewelry store and attempted to purchase a men’s gold bracelet valued at $7,000 on a store branded credit card. The subject had some of the information for his account, but he was unable to recall the zip code, which raised a red flag for the team member. The team member contacted the credit card company and informed them they were suspicious of the sale. The credit card company representative advised the team member to inform the subject additional information was required and he needed to contact them.

The subject grabbed his I.D. and left the store. The team member called the customer to verify the information. When she made contact with the customer, he had no idea what she was referencing and advised her he has never been to California and that he resides in Texas. The team members instinct averted a loss. The subject was described as a 5’9” Black male with a big build. He is light skinned, has a mustache and short hair. If you have any information regarding this subject, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org

 

BURGLARY – FRIENDSWOOD, TX

On 8/30/20, at approximately 6:15 p.m., a subject entered a kiosk 10 minutes after the team had closed an exited for the night. A worker in the mall noticed an unknown subject inside the kiosk. The worker called a team member to ask if they had a new employee or were having overnight maintenance completed at the kiosk. The team member advised no one should be in the kiosk. Mall security was notified. The next day while opening the store, it was discovered that gold chains, charms and bracelets were missing. The subject was described as a 5’11” Black male in his early 20’s. If you have any information regarding this subject, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

4 SENTENCED, 1 SOUGHT IN CASE INVOLVING NATIVE AMERICAN JEWELRY- NEW YORK, NY

On 9/1/20, Michelle Graff, of National Jeweler, published an article recounting an investigation into counterfeit Native American jewelry. Click here to read the article.