Jewelry Crime Blotter: Week of April 23



A roundup of jewelry store crimes from the past week:

Store Employees Tied up in Tennessee Jewelry Heist

Memphis, Tenn. On April 19, two men and one woman, armed with a gun and a taser, entered Handiwork Jewelry, allegedly tied up store employees, and fled with an undetermined amount of stolen goods. The three robbers are still on the loose.

Suspected Robber Killed in California Jewelry Heist

Fontana, Calif. On April 20, three masked men entered the Fontana Indoor Swap Meet. Prior to entering the swap meet, the men allegedly injured a security guard outside the store. While inside, the men attempted to break jewelry cases. When the security guard found the attempted robbers inside, he fired a bullet. According to reports, Roy Davis, 24, died at the scene. The other two suspects are still on the loose.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Fontana Police Department at 909-356-8477.

Miami Jewelry Store Hit With Smash and Grab Robbery 

Miami On April 18, a robber broke through the window of Five Star Jewelers in Miami. The suspect made off with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and then fled in a dark Mitsubishi sedan. The suspect is still on the loose.

Employee Fires Bullets at Robbers

Sale Creek, Tenn. On April 20, three armed robbers entered Mountain View Pawn and Jewelry through a back door. One of the suspects hit a store employee in the face while the other two stole gold jewelry. When the suspects fled, the employee fired gunshots, although it is unclear if any bullets struck the robbers.

Although police called for a K-9 search, they have not found the three suspects yet.

German Actor Mistakenly Identified as Jewel Thief

Last week, police in Stuttgart, Germany, mistakenly arrested an actor who played a criminal on Aktenzeichen XY, Germany’s version of America’s Most Wanted. During an episode which aired in March, Aaron Defant portrayed a jewelry criminal while reenacting a real crime scene. After a viewer of the show had identified Defant as the criminal, police arrested him and took him in for questioning. When Defant proved he was an actor, police let him go.