Jewelry Crime Blotter: Week of Dec. 2

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

Burglars Make Off With $200,000 in Jewels

On Nov. 29, a jewelry store in Fresno, Calif., lost $200,000 worth of jewels after an overnight burglary.

The two suspects broke through the back door of David Horowitz Jewelry in the middle of the night. The owner believes that the thieves cased the store beforehand because they knew exactly where the most high-priced jewelry was. Police said that the surveillance footage is not usable, but did collect blood and fingerprints at the scene.

The owner expressed worry about how the loss would impact his all important holiday sales, and is holding a special sale this weekend in order to purchase new inventory before the season ends.

Jewelers Security Alliance’s Manual of Jewelry Security suggests jewelers keep a suspicious incident log in a special notebook in which they can record casing and suspicious incidents, license plate numbers, and descriptions of all suspicious vehicles and the occupants. JSA also suggests that jewelers establish a good relationship with their local police, and make certain they are aware of any security concerns.

Teenage Girls Charged in September Robbery of Boston Jewelry Store

Two teenage girls in Woburn, Mass., were arrested last week in connection with the September attempted robbery of a local jewelry store and shootout that left a police officer wounded.

Erianiss Murillo, 17, and Allegra Martinez, 18, were each ordered held in lieu of $250,000 cash bail after their arraignments in court. The two face charges that include armed robbery while masked, armed assault with intent to murder, and carrying a firearm without a license.

Antonio Matos, 25, and Hector Baez-Cruz, 21, both from Boston, were already facing charges in the case. Matos was arrested after being wounded fleeing on foot from the scene; Baez-Cruz was arrested days later.

Police in Spencer, Iowa Offer $3,500 Reward for Jewelry Store Robbery Suspects

Police in Spencer, Iowa are offering a $3,500 reward for information on two suspects who allegedly robbed a local jewelry store in the early morning of Nov. 30.

An employee of Southpark Mall called authorities after hearing glass breaking at M. Martin Jewelers. Authorities discovered that a window had been smashed, and an undisclosed amount of merchandise was taken. Security video footage shows a man and a woman fleeing the mall carrying a large sack filled with stolen jewelry.

Anyone with information should call the Spencer Police Department at 712-262-2151.

JSA suggests jewelers maintain a visible video camera and recording system in their stores. An obvious camera system acts as a deterrent to crime, and helps identify criminals who commit a crime in their store, or even those who case their store with the intention of committing a crime.