Jewelry Crime Blotter: Week of June 24

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

– A Chula Vista, Calif., jewelry store fell victim to an
armed smash-and-grab robbery June 18. Two men entered Jewelers on Broadway at
5:30 p.m., smashed a display case and took gold items. One of the men was
armed, according to a local
news affiliate
.

Last year, JCK
gave five tips on avoiding grab-and-runs.

– Two men that were suspected of robbing a North Vernon,
Ind., jewelry store were arrested in Texas on June 20. The men are suspected of
fleeing after an armed robbery at Pfeiffer’s Jewelry in North Vernon, Ind.
Pfeiffer’s store owner was clubbed during the theft, according to a local
news source.

– Two women were charged with a strong-arm robbery after
allegedly robbing a Manning, S.C., jewelry store. On June 22. The women
attempted to take a necklace worth $2,850 from Big T Jewelers in Manning, S.C.
on June 20, according
to a local news source
. One of the women tried to flee the store, but the
other suspect ran over her legs while trying to drive away.  

– A man who robbed a Los Angeles mall jewelry store fired
at least one gunshot as he fled and was chased down by a security guard on
June 22. According
to The Los Angeles Times
, the man posed as a customer at Fast Fix jewelry
and took an undisclosed amount of jewelry. No one was injured.

The Jewelers’ Security Alliance suggests when showing
high-end goods to unfamiliar customers, tell them that your insurance requires
you to ask for identification before displaying the items.

JCK News Director