Man Who Kidnapped Jewelry Store Worker Gets 15 Years

Two other suspects also pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing

One of the three men convicted of kidnapping a Philadelphia jewelry store employee in April 2015 has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for his role in the crime.

Basil Buie pleaded guilty to conspiracy, kidnapping, and attempted robbery in October. Two other codefendants, Khayree Gay and Salahudin Shaheed, also pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

The victim, 53-year-old jewelry store employee, was abducted from a parking garage off of Jewelers’ Row in Philadelphia’s Center City district. She was bound, beaten, and shot with a taser before being dumped in a cemetery, where she was found and taken to the hospital.

Violent crimes against jewelers are, thankfully, rare. “We don’t see too many people being physically beaten up,” John Kennedy, president of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, told JCK in April. “This was unusually brutal. It’s not that common.”