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ATTEMPTED BURGLARY – INGLEWOOD, CA

On 3/23/20, at approximately 12:40 p.m., a subject entered a jewelry store by using a metal bar that was 3 to 4 feet long. He shattered the glass front door and used a large wire/bolt cutter to get through the scissor gate. Police were able to see the subject enter and walk into the store’s showroom by using the store’s security footage. The subject was observed looking around but he saw that all of the jewelry was removed from the showcases. The alarm sounder appeared to scare the subject. At that point, he fled from the store. The subject was described as a six-foot tall Black male with a medium build. If you have any information regarding this subject, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

 

 

THREE MINUTE BURGLARY – BUCKHEAD, GA

On 4/24/20, at approximately 3:00 a.m., officers responded to an alarm call at a jewelry store. Responding officers discovered a large hole in the glass window at the front of the store. Three jewelry cases were damaged and jewelry was stolen. If you have any information regarding this incident, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org.

BURGLARY SUSPECT APPREHENDED – SAN ANTONIO, TX

On 4/21/20, police arrested 33-year-old Frank Hernandez for an attempted ATM theft and a jewelry store burglary. On 2/23/20, surveillance footage captured a gray 2001 Chevy Tahoe at the scene of the attempted ATM theft. In that incident, Hernandez allegedly used spray paint to paint over the ATM’s camera lens. Law enforcement was able to identify Hernandez as the subject because of his distinct facial features.

On 3/27/20, a gray Chevy Tahoe was impounded after it was left at the scene of a burglary at a jewelry store. That was the same vehicle used in the attempted ATM theft. Investigators found paperwork linking Hernandez to the vehicle. The spray paint found in the vehicle also matched the spray paint used on the ATM. Hernandez is being held on bonds totaling $100,000.

SAN MATEO JEWELRY STORE ROBBERS CHARGED – SAN MATEO, CA

Two suspects have been implicated in an armed robbery of a jewelry store in 2018. The suspects have been identified as 23-year-old Jimmy Brionez and his accomplice Edward Romero. Both men are accused of stealing $130,00 worth of jewelry from the store. On 10/30/18, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the suspects entered the jewelry store and ordered everyone to the ground. As Brionez held a semiautomatic handgun, Romero smashed display cases with a hammer. The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office has charged the men with 21 felonies. The suspects were implicated in the jewelry store robbery through another armed robbery in Walnut Creek, CA. Romero is in custody on $750,000 bail and Brionez is in custody without bail. Their jury trial is scheduled for 6/8/20.

FINAL SUSPECT FROM RING OF THIEVES SENTENCED – MIAMI COUNTY, OH

On 4/15/20, 47-year-old Kevin Ashley pleaded guilty to eight felony charges for a slew of crimes that targeted jewelry stores and other businesses in 2017 and 2018. Some of the charges included breaking and entering, safe cracking, receiving stolen property and possessing a weapon while under a disability imposed by a previous criminal charge. Ashley was also ordered to pay more than $150,000 in restitution. Over $147,000 was to a single jewelry store in East Liverpool, OH. Prosecutors recommended Ashley serve 5.5 years in prison, however, the judge has discretion in sentencing. Ashley will be sentenced on 6/2/20.

TRANSIENT SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY – VENTURA, CA

On 4/18/20, police in Ventura, CA arrested 42-year-old Raymond Paul Vallery after he was believed to have burglarized a department store. Responding officers found that the lock on the store’s front door was damaged. The burglar also smashed open a display containing jewelry. Officers searched the building and it was evident that the subject had already left. Police then located a transient individual in the surrounding area identified as Raymond Paul Vallery. Vallery was found to be in possession of merchandise from the department store. He also committed another commercial burglary last month. Vallery was taken into custody.

TWO BURGLARIES COMMITTED IN SIMILAR FASHION – ILLINOIS

On 4/7/20, in Chicago, IL, burglars broke into a jewelry store after breaching through the wall from an adjoining store. The subjects took a small amount of jewelry that was left outside of the safe.

On 4/12/20, in Burbank, IL, burglars also broke through a jewelry store’s wall after initially breaking into an adjoining business. The subjects attempted to cut into the store’s safe. When the subjects could not access the safe, they stole jewelry that was left out of the safe. If you have any information regarding these burglaries, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org

FBI ISSUES WARNING ON CRYPTOCURRENCY SCAMS DURING COVID-19 PAMDEMIC

On 4/13/20, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a press release in which they warned the public about criminals intending to steal and launder your money through the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Click here to read the press release from the FBI.

SUSPECT WHO STOLE OVER $100K IN JEWELRY HAD ACCOMPLICE – WAILUKU, HI

After burglarizing a closed jewelry store on 3/30/20, 37-year-old Chase Mociun gave some the jewelry to another man, who pawned some of the items. During the course of the police investigation, the unnamed man admitted to selling jewelry to a pawnshop in Kahului, HI. He received approximately $980 for the jewelry. After searching the pawnshop the next day, police recovered 10 pieces of jewelry valued at $34,000. The pawnshop employee failed to record the receipt of the stolen jewelry and didn’t fully document the payment for them. The 31-year-old male was arrested on 4/8/20 and he was later released.

On 4/13/20, Mociun had an initial appearance in Wailuki District Court. Mociun’s public defender, William Pannell, asked for his client to be released on supervision. Pannell stated; “This is the first time he’s been accused or charged with any crimes similar to this.” The judge set Mociun’s bail at $50,000. Mociun was ordered to stay away from the jewelry store, the pawnshop, the employee of the pawnshop and the man who pawned the jewelry.

THIEF SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS IN PRISON – SIOUX CITY, IA

On 4/8/20, 50-year-old Anthony Perkins was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Perkins pleaded guilty to first degree theft and carrying a dangerous weapon. On 2/11/20, Perkins grabbed a $20,000 high-end watch from a jewelry store. He then ran out of the store and fled in a car. After getting out of the car, he tried to run from the police, but he was arrested. Perkins was found to be in possession of a knife with a blade longer than 8 inches.