Jewelry Crime Blotter: Week of Jan. 20

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

Jewelry Robber Crashes Getaway Car Into House

Where: DeVries Jewelers in Grand Rapids, Mich.

When: Jan. 18

What: After robbing DeVries Jewelers, a man armed with a handgun fled the scene in a black Camaro. Police chased the suspect until he crashed the car into a home located in a residential neighborhood. Officials were then able to catch him in a foot chase, recovering the handgun and the jewelry stolen during the crime.

Former Store Employee Arrested for Jewelry Heist

Where: Littman’s Jewelers in Orange Park, Fla.

When: Jan. 17

What: Jaclyn Nicole Brown, a former employee of Littman’s Jewelers, was charged with grand theft in connection to a $26,100 jewelry heist. According to Sheriff’s officials, Brown admitted taking the jewelry from the store during a series of robberies. After thorough investigation by a loss prevention manager, she was arrested on Tuesday.

Attempted Robbery at Hawaii Jewelry Store

Where: Gold Club and Gifts in Mililani, Hawaii

When: Jan. 18

What: A large man armed with a handgun attempted to rob Gold Club and Gifts, a local jewelry store.  Michael Le, the store’s owner, suffered a mild concussion after the alleged robber hit him on the side of the head multiple times with the handgun. This is the second time in less than a year that Le’s store has faced an attempted robbery. 

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.

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