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ROBBERS PISTOL WHIPP EMPLOYEE – NEW YORK, NY

On 12/16/20, at approximately 1:55 p.m., two subjects committed an armed robbery at a jewelry store. The subjects pistol-whipped an employee and stole over $100,000 in baubles.

One of the subject’s wore a black and yellow puffer jacket. The other wore a dark-colored skull cap and a dark-colored jacket. One of the subject’s took seven pieces of jewelry from a wall display; which included neck chains and pendants. The subjects were described as being in their mid 30’s. Click here to view the crime.

SMASH & GRAB SUSPECT SENTENCED – HAMMOND, IL

On 12/15/20, U.S. District Court Judge Theresa L. Springmann sentenced 30-year-old Darren S. Bell to 39 months in prison. Bell pleaded guilty in February to talking part in an armed robbery on 1/25/19. Bell forfeited his right to a jury trial in return for a promise from the U.S. attorney to recommend Bell receive less than the maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

On the date of the robbery, 41-year-old Altonio D. Benson of Detroit and a third accomplice entered a jewelry store at approximately 7:00 p.m. They then smashed open display cases with sledgehammers and ran away with more than $1 million worth of jewelry. Hobart police responded to the robbery and took Bell and Benson into custody. Police recovered more than $500,000 of stolen jewelry.

SUSPECT CONVICTED FOR ROBBERY – NEW BERN, N.C.

On 12/14/20, a federal grand jury convicted 56-year-old Charles Walker Jr., for his involvement in robbing two jewelry stores. According to a Department of Justice press release, Walker was convicted and charged with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, two counts of Hobbs Act robbery, brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence, and witness tampering.

One of the robberies occurred in Garner, NC and the other occurred in Elizabeth City, NC. The Garner robbery took place on 10/11/18. The Elizabeth City robbery took place on 7/28/18. Walker faces a minimum of seven years to a maximum of life in prison when he is sentenced on 2/26/21.

NYPD ARRESTS BURGLAR ON JEWELRY STORE ROOF – BRONX, NY

On 12/12/20, at approximately 4:30 a.m., 31-year-old Francisco Barrera set off an alarm system for a jewelry store located inside of a building. The New York Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit responded to the scene and arrested the suspect. This is the suspect’s eighth burglary arrest. He has been arrested seventeen times. Click here to view footage of the arrest.

TWO MASKED MEN WANTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY – IDAHO FALLS, ID

On 12/10/20, at approximately 3:15 p.m., two White male subjects wearing all black with ski masks over their faces entered a jewelry store. One of them held a handgun and the other held a stun gun. One of the subjects used the stun gun on one of the victims. The subjects fled on foot with jewelry. Click here to view a picture of the subjects.

TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR $100K JEWELRY PAWN SHOP ROBBERY – JACKSONVILLE, FL

On 12/10/20, Sheriff Mike Williams of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office held a press conference in which he announced the arrests of two suspects who were involved in a gunpoint robbery of a pawn shop on 11/16/20. In that incident, two men claimed they were shopping for engagement rings. Click here to find out what happened next.

SMASH & GRAB – CARLSBAD, CA

On 12/7/20, two subjects committed a smash and grab robbery. The first subject entered a jewelry store with a hammer and broke display cases that contained gold. The second subject then entered the store with a bag. They both put jewelry in the bag and fled from the store. Both subjects were described as 6’0” Black men. The first subject wore a black mask, navy blue hoodie and sweatpants. The second subject wore a black sweatshirt with a white stripe down both sleeves with a logo that appeared to be of the Raiders. He wore black shorts and black sneakers. If you have any information regarding the subjects involved, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

SMASH & GRAB – CHICAGO, IL

On 12/4/20, at approximately 6:40 p.m., a male subject used a trash can to smash through the side window of a jewelry store. Police responded to the scene quickly. The subject then entered through the store’s broken window. He proceeded to use a chair to smash several showcases. He removed multiple pieces from the showcases and concealed them into his pockets. Once police entered the store, the subject was arrested. No customers were in the store at the time of the incident and no employees were injured.

BURGLAR STEALS $250,000 IN JEWELRY – FORT MYERS, FL

On 11/30/20, a subject entered a store that sells jewelry and he hid behind a couch until the store closed. Click here to watch a video which explains and shows how the subject committed the crime. If you have any information regarding this subject’s identity, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

ARMED ROBBERY – PHOENIX, AZ

On 12/1/20, at approximately 8:10 p.m., two sales associates were outside and in the process of locking up their store for the evening. The associates were then approached by a Black male subject, who had been hiding behind a pillar. The subject had a weapon and ordered them back into the store. Once the subject was in the store, he demanded high-end watches. One of the sales associates went to the case and retrieved the watches. The subject then demanded that they open the vault. He said he wanted “the expensive stuff”; he specifically wanted gold. He then ordered the associates to put jewelry into a bag. Once they did so, the subject fled from the store with the bag of jewelry. The subject has a thin build. He wore a gray hoodie, jeans, a ski mask and sneakers. If you have any information regarding this subject’s identity, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .