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Jewelry Crime Report: Thefts Are Still a Significant Concern

Posted by Logan Moore on Mar 13, 2017 7:17:00 AM

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Thieves were making news from coast to coast by attempting distraction, switch, and grab-and-run thefts in February. Items stolen range from loose diamonds, to gold chains, to luxury watches.

The East Coast saw more criminal activity, especially in Pennsylvania, where four separate distraction thefts were reported.

Crimes reported by type

Crimes reported by state

Data compiled from jewelerssecurity.org 

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, February 28 Canton, OH Grab-and-Run Theft
Monday, February 13 Hanover, MD Smash-and-Grab Robbery
Saturday, February 11 Astoria, NY Switch Theft
Saturday, February 4 Houston, TX Distraction Theft
Wednesday, February 1 Arlington, VA Distraction Theft

 

When Where What
Tuesday, February 28 Canton, OH Grab-and-Run Theft
Crime Description

At approximately 12:50 p.m., a suspect inquired about men’s watches and was shown one that he stated was "too flashy."

He was shown another watch, which he proceeded to try on, but fled the store after it was around his wrist.

The suspect was described as a white male in his early 20’s, 5’8” tall and has an athletic build. He was last seen wearing gym shorts and a green t-shirt with a baseball cap with a floral print.

If you have any information regarding the identity of this individual, please contact the Jackson Township Police Department at 330-834-3960.

 


Tip!

Require some form of identification or something of value before showing merchandise.

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When Where What
Monday, February 13 Hanover, MD Smash-and-Grab Robbery
Crime Description

Two suspects entered a jewelry store located within a shopping mall and smashed a showcase containing unspecified merchandise.

One suspect was apprehended by mall security and arrested, while the second suspect (pictured below) remains at large. 

If you have any information regarding the identity of this individual, please contact Sergeant Richardson of the Anne Arundel Country Police Department at 410-222-2441.

 Robbery suspect

Photo courtesy of JSA


Tip!

Having the ability to capture high quality images from multiple angles can help police track down suspects and potentially recover stolen merchandise.

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When Where What
Saturday, February 11 Astoria, NY Switch Theft
Crime Description

A lone suspect offered to sell a jeweler a diamond. The jeweler then performed a diamond test and at some point during the interaction, the suspect switched the real diamond with a fake one.

The jeweler gave the suspect a cash payment and he left the the store in a black BMW with Florida plates.

If you have any information regarding the identity of this individual, please contact Detective Victor Herrera at 718-321-4662.

 Theft suspect

Photo courtesy of JSA


Tip!

Take extra caution with customers who are driving suspicious vehicles, such as those with out of state plates.

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When Where What
Saturday, February 4 Houston, TX Distraction Theft
Crime Description

At approximately 2:30 p.m., a suspect cut the security cable attached to a plexiglass display box that contained two watches.

After cutting the cord, the suspect conversed with a sales associate about pearl items. The suspect then left the sales associate to take a phone call and walked towards the display box while he was on the phone. The sales associate became distracted tending to other matters and the suspect used this as an opportunity to remove the plexiglass box from the counter and exit the store.

The suspect was described as a 6 foot tall black male with a thin build and was last seen wearing a white hat with a dark colored shirt. If you have any information regarding the identity of this individual, please contact the Houston Police Department at 281-584-4700.

 


Tip!

Your showcases should be constructed properly so they can't be easily tampered with or compromised by a smash-and-grab attack.

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When Where What
Wednesday, February 1 Arlington, VA Distraction Theft
Crime Description

The suspect picture below stated his name was Mario and was interested in watches.

He distracted a sales associate by pointing at other watches in the case he was looking at and then palmed a watch in his hand and concealed it with his wallet. 

This suspect has also committed distraction crimes in Wauwatosa, WI on November 30, 2016 and has attempted to steal items in Cleveland, OH and Pittsburgh, PA as recently as December 12, 2016.

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

Theft suspect

Photo courtesy of JSA


Tip!

Sharing suspicious incidents with a crime network of other jewelers, local police, and JSA can help prevent crimes in other areas of the country.

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