Jewelry Crime Blotter: Week of Aug. 5



A weekly roundup of jewelry store
crimes with related tips from JCK:

­– Two Charlotte, N.C., jewelry store employees were
pistol-whipped during a theft on Aug. 3
, according to a local news report. Two
suspects entered Fazel Jewelers at noon and inquired about jewelry work. The
suspects propped the door open as they exited and two more suspects entered
pointing handguns at two employees. The store employees were moved to another
location and were hit over the head with pistols. The suspects fled with an
undetermined amount of jewelry. Both jewelry store employees suffered minor
injuries.

The Jewelers’ Security Alliance Manual of Jewelry Security
says it is important for jewelers to rehearse with all employees what they
should do in a robbery.

A New York City man was arrested
on July 30 in connection with a jewelry store robbery that left the owner in
the hospital
, according to a local news source. Felix Lagoa was identified from
fingerprints left during the robbery of Studio Jewelry in Brooklyn, N.Y., on
July 25
. He was charged with attempted murder, assault, robbery, grand larceny,
and criminal possession of a weapon. A second suspect has not been apprehended.

The Jewelers’ Security Alliance says
jewelers should not wipe or try to clean cases or other surfaces before the
police respond.