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Jewelry Crime Report: 2017 Begins With Widespread Crime

on Feb 10, 2017 10:41 AM

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Compared to prior months, more crimes than usual were reported to the Jewelers' Security Alliance in January. Many were armed and smash-and-grab robberies, which resulted in high levels of violence and large losses of merchandise.

28 total crimes were documented in January's jewlery crime report, with a few repeat occurrences in cities in California and Florida. While both states are often pictured as hotbeds for crime, jewelers in states across the country felt the impact of these crimes.

Here's an in-depth look at five particular crimes, with tips that every jeweler can learn from. Visit JSA's daily blog to get a full recap of all the crimes that have recently occurred. 

When Where What
Tuesday, January 24 Memphis, TN Smash-and-Grab Robbery
Friday, January 20 San Antonio, TX Smash-and-Grab Robbery
Tuesday, January 17 Queens, NY Burglary
Monday, January 11 Columbia, SC Credit Card Fraud
Thursday, January 5 Camarillo, CA Grab-and-Run Theft

 

 

When Where What
Tuesday, January 24 Memphis, TN Smash-and-Grab Robbery
Crime Description

At approximately 10:22 a.m., two suspects attempted a smash and grab. The suspects approached a watch case carrying pillow cases and hammers, but after about 40 seconds the suspects fled without breaching the showcases.

Both suspects are black males. One suspect has a slim build and is 5’10” tall. He weighs 150 pounds and was last seen wearing a dark hoodie with white gloves and white tennis shoes. The second suspect has a slim build and is 5’9” tall. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and a black and white bandana. He also wore a dark hoodie and had tan pants. Both suspects were last seen in a gray Nissan Altima. 

 


Tip!

Showcases that are properly constructed and use thick, laminated glass can slow down or completely stop robbers

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When Where What
Friday, January 20 San Antonio, TX Smash-and-Grab Robbery
Crime Description

Two suspects brandished firearms while others smashed showcases at a jewelry store inside of a large shopping mall. 

This incident was separate from two other gun-related crimes that happened at San Antonio-area malls in five-day span. No one was injured in this robbery and it has not been said whether the incidents were connected.

Witnesses reported the suspects fleeing the mall in a truck. Anyone with information regarding the suspects' identities or their whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 224-STOP (7867).

San Antonio smash and grab suspect 1

San Antonio smash and grab suspect 2
Photos courtesy of Jewelers' Security Alliance

 


Tip!

 If your business is located in a mall, seek additional security guard services

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When Where What
Tuesday, January 17 Queens, NY Burglary
Crime Description

 At approximately 3:00 a.m., two suspects failed in their attempt to burglarize a jewelry store.

They were able to gain entry by breaking into an adjoining building and cutting a hole into the wall. After their attempt to compromise the safe turned out to be unsuccessful, they ended up fleeing.

If you have any information regarding the identities of these suspects, please contact NYPD’s Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

Video courtesy of Jewelers' Security Alliance

 


Tip!

Make sure you're using a UL-listed safe that's rated as TRTL-15x6 or better 

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When Where What
Monday, January 11 Columbia, SC Credit Card Fraud
Crime Description

A female suspect used a fraudulent credit card to purchase a luxury watch.

She attempted to use one card initially, but it was decline and she swiped a second card. The second card did not have a chip and was processed normally.

If you have any information regarding the identity of this individual, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at (212) 687-0328.

South Carolina credit card fraud suspect

Photo courtesy of Jewelers' Security Alliance

 


Tip!

Get a functional EMV-reading device to process credit card transactions 

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When Where What
Thursday, January 5 Camarillo, CA Grab-and-Run Theft
Crime Description

At approximately 12:05 p.m., two suspects entered a jewelry store and asked to see a luxury watch. When the sales associate removed it from the case, one of the suspects grabbed it from the associate's hands and fled.

At approximately 12:52 p.m., both suspects entered a pawn shop in Santa Barbara, CA and asked to have a luxury watch appraised. They then asked if they could see the watches the store had for sale. Each suspect was shown a watch, but they immediately fled, leaving the original watch behind.

It was later confirmed the watch left behind was the same one stolen in Camarillo.

A newer model dark gray Buick was the vehicle reported in both cases. If you have any information regarding the identities of the suspects involved, please contact Detective Heather Clark at (805) 897-2330.

Camarillo grab and run suspect vehicle

Camarillo grab and run suspects
Photos courtesy of Jewelers' Security Alliance

 


Tip!

Share suspicious incidents or crimes with other jewelers in your area 

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Comments

Thank you for keeping us informed

John Hayes

Thank you for keeping us informed

John Hayes

Thank you for keeping us informed

John Hayes

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

You're welcome, John!

Logan Moore

why is there a commercial in the middle of the video? not appropriate!

Bruce Clippinger

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi, Bruce. This video is hosted on JSA's website, but we've embedded it in this post so it's easier to view. Since it's hosted by a third-party, some videos may have ads associated with them.

Logan Moore

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