A weekly roundup of jewelry store crimes with related tips from JCK:
Lancaster Parolee Arrested for Local Business Robberies
Where: Lancaster, Pa.
When: Jan. 9
What: Juan Gonzalez, 45 was charged with three counts of robbery and one count of criminal conspiracy. He is alledgly responsible for robberies at J.A. Sharp Jeweler, Royer’s Flowers, and Park’s Grocery. Police were aided by surveillance video obtained from the businesses as well as footage provided by the Lancaster Community Safety Coalition.? ?Police contact information: Investigators continue to search for an accessory to the crime. Anyone with information is being asked to contact Lancaster Police at 717-735-3300.
Employees Held at Gunpoint in Maryland Jewelry Robbery
Where: Antony Jewelers in Owings Mills, Md.
When: Jan. 11
What: Unidentified robbers, armed with handguns, stole several jewelry pieces, rings, and watches. Police reported that one man held a gun to a woman behind the counter and proceeded to throw her onto the floor. The second man went to the back room of the store and then forced a male employee to the front of the store by pointing a gun at him. The men broke glass jewelry cases and stole various items before fleeing.
The Manual of Jewelry Security 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.
Arkansas Resident Reports $250,000 in Stolen Jewelry
Where: Newport, Ark.
When: Jan. 1
What: A resident of Newport, Ark., reported several items of jewelry stolen from her home, including a diamond ring worth $75,000 and a diamond watch worth $10,000. The resident believes the crime occurred on New Year’s Day. Police have reviewed suspects, although at present time no arrests have been made.??Police contact information: The Newport Police Criminal Investigations Division requests that anyone with information contact 870-523-5781. A reward is being offered.
Woman Arrested in New Hampshire Jewelry Robbery
Where: Tilton, N.H.
When: Jan. 13
What: Katie Falls, 28, was arrested in connection with a Kay Jewelers robbery that occured last year. Falls is accused of driving the getaway vehicle used by the robbers to flee the Tanger Outlets on Nov. 4, 2011. The three robbers, who entered the Kay Jewelers wearing Halloween masks, threatened customers with guns before escaping with more than $200,000 in stolen jewelry. Police arrested Falls on charges of criminal liability for the conduct of another.