Jewelry Crime Blotter: Week of Dec. 9

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

Armed Thieves Tie Up Three People in Robbery

Police in Castleton, Ind., are looking for three armed suspects involved in the robbery of a local jewelry store on Dec. 5.

The suspects entered Masters Jewelers in the early afternoon, ordered six people to the floor, and tied up three of them. The men smashed several cases and took an undisclosed amount of jewelry. Police were alerted when an employee secretly called 911.

The men were armed with semi-automatic handguns and fled the scene in a dark Ford Crown Victoria, with tinted windows and a temporary license plate number C252035.

There were no physical injuries reported in the robbery, but the store will remained closed until the owners can get everything settled.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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.

Woman Robs New Jersey Jewelry Store

Gloucester Township police are hoping surveillance video will lead them to the person responsible for burglarizing a jewelry store.

A woman burglarized a jewelry store in Gloucester Township, N.J., in the early morning of Dec. 4.

The suspect broke into Anthony Simon Jewelers and made off with only a couple of penknives, money clips, and cuff links.

Police are looking for a woman who was wearing a dark sweater over a white collared shirt, light colored pants with a dark belt, and carrying a large backpack.

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.

Four Charged in Florida Jewelry Store Burglary

Four suspects were charged in connection with a burglary at a jewelry store in Conway, Fla., on Dec. 6.

Sean Christian Earls, 23; Wendy Ann Wells, 40; Vernnon Williams, 54; and Dennis Brian McCrea, 40, have all been charged with second-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools in connection with a burglary that occurred at Ann Booth Jewelers.

Police on a routine patrol early Tuesday morning saw a white male running from a local business and into a getaway vehicle. After finding broken glass near the store, police gave chase.

After pulling over the suspects, police discovered watches, masks, bolt cutters, plastic gloves, and burglary-related tools.