JSA Issues Warning in Indiana

The Jewelers’ Security Alliance has issued a warning for jewelry salespersons traveling in Indiana where there have been three attacks on salespersons since March.

The most recent attack happened in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel on Wednesday. JSA reports in its “Crime Alert” electronic newsletter that at 5:30 p.m., a traveling salesperson was sitting in his vehicle in a parking lot while on sales calls. Three Hispanic men approached on foot and tried to enter the vehicle. When the salesperson locked the door, they smashed the car window and stabbed the salesperson in the arm several times. The suspects grabbed a bag from the car containing a large quantity of jewelry and fled in a green minivan.

April 30, a traveling jewelry salesperson parked in front of a restaurant in Indianapolis to eat dinner, JSA reports. When the salesperson came out 45 minutes later, the car windows were smashed and the trunk was damaged. A jewelry line had been taken from the trunk.

On March 14, A German couple making sales calls in the U.S. were traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago, JSA reports. At 1:00 p.m. they stopped at a truck stop off Interstate 65 in the town of DeMotte for gas and food. While the husband was in the store and his wife was in the car, three men in gray hooded sweatshirts approached the car. One man broke the vehicle’s side window and held a knife to the wife’s neck while the other two broke open the trunk and removed three bags of merchandise. Then one of the men punctured two tires before they fled in a four-door tan sedan.