Jewelry Crime Blotter: Week of March 25

A roundup of jewelry store crimes from the past week:

California Man Pronounced Dead After Smash and Grab Jewelry Robbery

Victorville, Calif. On March 26, three armed robbers entered an indoor swap meet and approached jewelry vendors. One of the men distracted employees and customers, while the other two smashed jewelry cases and stole jewelry. Inho Lee, an employee of a business within the swap meet, was allegedly shot by one of the robbers after he followed them out the door. Lee was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Anyone with information is being requested to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Police Search for Suspects in Half-Million Dollar Jewelry Robbery

Parker, Colo. On March 26, two men stole nearly $500,000 worth of jewelry from Apex Jewelers. Although the men were caught on surveillance tape, the police are still looking for the suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered.

Massachusetts Man Arrested in Jewelry Heist

Worcester, Mass. On March 25, Christopher J. Fiorentino, 24, was arrested in connection with the jewelry heist at Gerabedian Jewelers. Fiorentino allegedly smashed store display cases and fled with stolen items. During the robbery, the owner suffered serious injuries after allegedly being stabbed in the stomach and face. His wife also suffered injuries. Fiorentino was charged with armed assault with intent to murder, armed robbery while masked, assault, and battery with a dangerous weapon and vandalism.