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SMASH & GRAB – BURNSVILLE, MN

On 11/3/19, at 1:07 p.m., three individuals backed up a red Chrysler minivan to the front of a jewelry store. All three subjects wore brightly colored hooded sweatshirts. After entering the store, the subjects ordered sales associates and customers to get on the floor. They then brandished hammers and began smashing display cases. The subjects took jewelry, placed them into bags and then fled from the store. Three of the subjects have been arrested.

DIAMOND SWITCH – NORTH RIVERSIDE, IL

On 10/19/19, three subjects entered a jewelry store and requested to see 1 ½ carat diamond stud earrings. They also asked to try them on. During the try-on, the diamond earrings were switched, and cubic zirconia (CZ) earrings were returned in place of the genuine earrings. The CZ earrings were returned with a price tag. This group has committed a similar diamond switch in Lombard, IL on 10/26/19. Their method of operating consists of one subject initially requesting to see earrings. He will then call his accomplices; a male and female subject. The accomplices will ask questions in an attempt to distract the sales associate, while the jewelry is switched.

The three subjects were described as Hispanic. The first subject is a 5’11” Hispanic male. He was last seen wearing a fitted baseball cap. The second subject is a light-skinned female. She is 5’3” and has long dark brown hair. Other than the third subject being a male, no physical description was provided. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

ATTEMPTED SMASH & GRAB – PITTSBURGH, PA

On 10/29/19, at approximately 8:45 p.m., four masked subjects entered a jewelry store. Some of the subjects carried bags and hammers. The subjects ordered sales associates to get down. The subject then saw an armed security guard and fled from the store. They entered into an awaiting gray 4-door sedan. No physical description of the subjects was provided. If you have any information regarding this incident, please call the Jewelers Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

GRAB & RUN – MACON, GA

On 10/28/19, at approximately 7:15 p.m., a male subject entered a jewelry store and looked at diamond rings. The subject stated he was looking for a ring for his girlfriend. After several minutes, the subject asked to see a black diamond engagement ring. Once he gained possession of the ring, he fled from the store. The subject was described as a 27-year-old white male. He is 5’10” and has an average build. He was last seen wearing jeans with a navy shirt and a navy hat. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

DIAMOND SWITCH – LOMBARD, IL

On 10/26/19, at approximately 4:14 p.m., a male subject entered a jewelry store and requested to see diamond earrings. A pair of 0.5-carat earrings were presented to him. He then requested to see two-carat diamond earrings. Before the new earrings were presented to him, the subject stated he was going to call his brother and sister. The subject’s brother and sister walked in shortly after. The sales associate presented the initial subject with the two-carat diamond earrings. The subject then tried them on. The sales associate felt uncomfortable with several questions being asked, and then asked for the earrings back

Once the subject handed the earrings hack, the associate noticed they were not the same earrings. The subjects then fled from the store.  The first subject was described as a 5’9” Hispanic male. He weighs 180 lbs. and was last seen wearing a black hoodie with a black hat. He has facial hair. The second subject is a 5’9” Hispanic male. He was last seen wearing a plaid shirt, faded black jeans, a black baseball hat, and black shoes. He also has facial hair. The third subject is 125 lbs., 5’6” Hispanic female. She has dark black hair and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black hoodie with black writing. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

JUDGE REBUKES TEEN ROBBERS – ST. CLAIR COUNTY, MI

On 10/23/19, three teenage suspects were sentenced for their involvement in a smash & grab robbery that occurred on 7/9/19, in Fort Gratiot, MI. Jaylon Conklin and Jaison Evans, both 17, were sentenced to between 30 months and 15 years in prison. Lezzerio Garner, also 17, was sentenced to between two and 15 years in prison.

All three suspects were ordered to pay court costs, attorney fees, and $8,021 in restitution for damaging the store’s glass cases. The suspects were arrested on 7/9/19 after law enforcement pursued them.

The judge, Cynthia Lane, admonished the teens by saying “Frankly, I don’t know what could possess anybody to do something so stupid.”

GRAB & RUN – SARASOTA, FL

On 10/21/19, at approximately 7:20 p.m., a male subject entered a jewelry store and stated he was interested in seeing gold bracelets. The subject stated he was from the Miami area and he was interested in applying for credit, but he would have to ask his girlfriend to bring his ID into the store.

The subject asked to see a gold men’s bracelet valued at $8,000. He asked to try it on so he could show it to someone on a video call to get their opinion. Once the sales associate draped the bracelet over the subject’s wrist, he grabbed it and ran from the store.

The subject was described as a 23-year-old Black male. He is 5’6” and weighs 180 lbs. He was last seen wearing a dark blue Polo Jumpsuit with a red stripe on the arms. He also has all gold teeth. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

GRAB & RUN – SPRINGFIELD, MO

On 10/21/19, at approximately 7:55 p.m., a subject approached the jewelry store kiosk and stated she was looking for a birthday present for herself. She picked out four sets of earrings and asked to see them all so she could take pictures of them. She then grabbed all four sets of earrings from the counter pad and walked away from the kiosk saying “I’m sorry.”

The subject was described as a White female in her 20’s. She has shoulder-length brown hair. She also has three visible tattoos; a bow behind her right ear, “clementine” and Roman Numerals. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

DISTRACTION THEFT – ARLINGTON, VA

On 10/19/19, at approximately 6:58 p.m., six subjects entered a jewelry store within a short period of time. Two sales associates were working in the store. One was helping a couple and the other associate was distracted by one of the subjects. While both associates were occupied, the other subjects blocked the view and allowed their accomplice to open a sliding door to a case. The subject removed merchandise. The subject is believed to have had a key to the case. The theft was not discovered until the following day.

The subjects were comprised of three Black men and three Black women. The first subject is a 5’10” male with dark skin. He had a chin strap goatee with long hair and a ponytail. He wore glasses as well as a chain with a pendant. The second subject is a 5’6” female. She has brown skin and was last seen wearing a blond wig along with a jean jacket, a white graphic t-shirt, black pants with a pink stripe and flip flops.

The third subject is a 6’ male with brown skin, low cut black hair and a mustache. He was last seen wearing an all-black outfit. He carried a black man bag. The fourth subject is a 5’4″ brown-skinned female. She has long straight black hair with bangs. She was last seen wearing a dark jacket with a white pattern on the sleeves and dark pants.

The fifth subject is a 5’5″ female. She has brown skin and shoulder-length straight black hair with bangs. She was last seen wearing big hoop earrings, a gray and black shirt, a purse, and bracelets on each wrist. The sixth subject is a male with a light brown skin complexion. He is bald and was last seen wearing sunglasses. He also wore a black and gray jacket. He opened the case. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please call the Jewelers Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

DIAMOND SWITCH – WOODBRIDGE, VA

On 10/16/19, at approximately 2:25 p.m., a subject entered a jewelry store and stated that he wanted to buy earrings for his wife. He selected a pair of earrings and said he wanted to see how they looked against his ear. He asked for a mirror and the sales associate turned to provide one. The subject handed back a pair of earrings and said he needed to get his wallet to apply for credit. The sales associate then realized the diamonds she received didn’t look right and tested them. The police were called and the subject’s fingerprints were lifted from the case.

The subject was described as an older White male with an unkempt beard. He is 5’4” and was last seen wearing a blue and orange jacket. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.