Florida Hit by Three-Minute Burglaries

The Jewelers’ Security Alliance is reporting a rash of three-minute burglaries in Florida. Palm Coast, Orlando, Daytona Beach, and Altamonte Springs, are among the locations where these crimes are being reported since Sept. 1, according to the JSA email Crime Alert released Thursday.

In its Crime Alert, JSA reported the most recent three-minute burglaries:

On Oct. 23 at 5:26 a.m., burglars smashed in a glass front door of a strip center retail jewelry store in Mariana and then smashed 12 showcases. Four suspects wearing masks and dressed in black were seen by witnesses fleeing in two white BMWs. This loss occurred within one hour of a similar burglary in nearby Dothan, Ala.

On Oct. 14 at 7 a.m. three male suspects armed with rifles and shotguns smashed the glass front door and display cases of a chain retail jewelry store in Gainesville and fled in a Mercedes. Police arrested a black male suspect who was acting as a lookout.

JSA said that merchandise left out is a tempting target for these very active burglars, since these persons make no effort to enter safes and are not afraid of alarm systems because they know they will leave in a few minutes. They simply take merchandise left out overnight. Therefore, JSA recommends that jewelers put their jewelry and watch merchandise away at night in adequate safes.