Jewelry Crime Blotter: Week of Dec. 23

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

Robbery of Florida Jeweler Underwood’s Caught on Camera

On Dec. 22, Underwood’s Jewelers, a highly respected jewelry store in San Marco, Fla., was robbed of what a San Marco news outlet reported to be “possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.”

The robbery, which took place early in the morning, was carried out by two men—one who is approximately 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, with a beard and mustache, and another who carried a bag for the merchandise and wore a gray jumpsuit. The heist was caught on camera, and shows the men breaking one of the store’s windows, as well as two glass display cases.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.

The Jewelers Security Alliance’s Manual of Jewelry Security maintains that when installed and maintained, a video security system can be an important crime deterrent, and can be of great assistance to law enforcement in identifying and prosecuting criminals.

Police Release Video of California Jewelry Robbery

Vardy’s Jewelers in Cupertino, Calif. was robbed by three masked men Monday morning. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has just released video of the event, which shows the men running into the store.

The men broke several of Vardy’s’ display cases, and threatened to kill an employee, before striking him with a pistol.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Sergeants Julian Quinonez or Ryan Elder at the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office at 408-808-4500.

The Manual suggests jewelers obey the orders of robbers. Do not say or do anything, or even raise your hands, unless told to do so. “Cooperate fully and try not to panic,” according to the Manual.

Former Chicago Bears Football Player’s Stolen Superbowl Ring Recovered

In November, former Chicago Bears receiver Willie Gault’s 1985 Superbowl ring was stolen from his Los Angeles residence, along with some of his wife’s jewelry.

Los Angeles Police recovered the illustrious championship ring this Thursday from a jewelry store in the Jewelry Mart district of downtown Los Angeles, along with other stolen jewelry pieces, including another Superbowl ring. The store’s owner, Ramin Cohan, has been arrested and taken into custody by L.A. police.

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