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Jewelry Crime Report: Common Themes in Robberies

on May 6, 2017 9:45 AM

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The increased severity of smash-and-grab and armed robbery attempts continues to remain prevalent across North America, but some crimes in April have followed similar patterns.

In Georgia, sales associates have been zip-tied during numerous robberies dating back to 2013 and surveillance images appear to capture the same suspects involved in these incidents. In Hawaii, six jewelry stores have been targeted over a six week span and in several of these cases, media reports noted that after the daytime crimes occurred, the getaway vehicles were later abandoned. 

In addition to the continued threat of robbery, grab-and-run thefts have been as prevalent in April as in the first few months of 2017, as noted by reports from the Jewelers' Security Alliance. In fact, one theft suspect has been spotted operating in three different states.

Here's a breakdown of the latest jewelry crime report:

Crimes reported by state

Crimes reported by type

 

Data compiled from jewelerssecurity.org 

Take 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
Saturday, April 29 Simpsonville, KY Grab-and-Run Theft
Thursday, April 20 Walnut Creek, CA Smash-and-Grab Robbery
Tuesday, April 18 Conyers, GA Armed Robbery
Thursday, April 13 Port St. Lucie, FL Armed Robbery
Saturday, April 1 Honolulu, HI Smash-and-Grab Robbery

 

When Where What
Saturday, April 29 Simpsonville, KY Grab-and-Run Theft
Crime Description

A woman told a sales associate that she was shopping for a gift for her grandmother's 90th birthday. After the associate displayed a bracelet and earrings, the woman grabbed them and fled from the store.

She was described as 5'7", 120 pounds, and in her mid-20s. She appeared to have multiple tattoos on her neck, chest, hands and feet, and also had short, pink hair.

The same woman was spotted in New York and Tennessee earlier in the month where she targeted a ring and bracelet, as well as a luxury watch and bracelet, respectively. Media outlets reported that she had an accomplice who was driving a red sports car and that authorities believe she was acting as part of a larger criminal operation.

If you have any information, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at (212) 687-0328.

Grab-and-run suspect

Photo courtesy of JSA


Tip!

Share suspicious incidents and crimes that happen at your business with other jewelers in your area.

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When Where What
Thursday, April 20 Walnut Creek, CA Smash-and-Grab Robbery
Crime Description

Men dressed as construction workers entered a store and showed the owner a clipboard with documents that asked for a signature to shut the business's power off. As the owner reviewed the documents, one of the suspects sprayed him and a customer in the store with pepper spray. 

A second suspect proceeded to remove a baseball bat from his pants and smashed a display case. Video surveillance shows that as the suspects attempted to grab the merchandise, the owner responded by aiming a handgun at the suspects who immediately fled.

If you have any information, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at (212) 687-0328.

Suspect dressed as construction worker 

Photo courtesy of JSA


Tip!

Be familiar with uncommon tactics that criminals will sometimes use to commit crimes.

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When Where What
Tuesday, April 18 Conyers, GA Armed Robbery
Crime Description

Shortly after opening, a man and a woman entered a store together and began browsing. After walking to the back of the store, the male suspect brandished a firearm and forced the sales associates to lie face-down on the floor.

The female suspect helped zip-tie the employees and locked the door to the business. They proceeded to take the showcase keys and empty merchandise from the displays into a duffle bag. 

Similar occurrences of jewelry store robberies in Georgia where employees were zip-tied have been recorded in the past few years:

  • Marietta, GA, February 25, 2014
  • Atlanta, GA, October 2, 2013
  • Snellville, GA, June 5, 2013

JSA is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrests of the suspects:

Male and female suspect together Male suspect with hat and glasses Female suspect wearing sunglasses

Photos courtesy of JSA

Call JSA's Reward Hotline at 800-325-1883 to provide information and remain anonymous.

 


Tip!

Remain calm and never resist while a robbery is in progress.

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When Where What
Thursday, April 13 Port St. Lucie, FL Armed Robbery
Crime Description

Four male suspects dressed as women wore wigs, heavy makeup and jumpsuits to disguise themselves during an armed robbery. Two of the men also had handguns and put jewelry into duffle bags.

Video surveillance shows the men entering the store and fleeing out a back door.

After leaving the scene, one suspect was caught after attempting to flee on foot. The other three suspects remain at large and are described as black males who were believed to have driven a white SUV.

If you have any information about this crime, please call the Port St. Lucie Police Department (772) 871-5000.

 


Tip!

If your business is located in a strip mall, ask your local law enforcement to provide extra surveillance when you're open to business.

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When Where What
Saturday, April 1 Honolulu, HI Smash-and-Grab Robbery
Crime Description

Two suspects used an ax to smash showcases and steal the merchandise inside.

Surveillance footage shared with local media shows one suspect gaining access to the store via a locked door buzzer system and immediately allowing the second suspect in after him. One suspect appeared to be wearing sunglasses and a beanie, while the other was wearing a bandana and a hat.

Cell phone video from a bystander in the parking lot shows the suspects fleeing the scene in a silver Honda SUV.

 


Tip!

Locked door buzzer systems and mantraps can deter crimes, but standard operating procedures for their use are essential.

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Comments

Hi Logan,

I have been following your articles on jewelry crimes and latest security technologies.

I was hoping you can help me with several questions regarding the latest jewelry securtiy development and insurance plans.

Thanks,
David

David

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi David,

I'll have one of our Loss Prevention Account Managers reach out to you.

What were some of the particular topics you had in mind?

Glad to hear you find value in this!

Logan Moore

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