Jewelry Crime Blotter: Week of Nov. 11



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

Philadelphia authorities are on the hunt for two men who staged an armed robbery at a local jewelry store on Nov. 4.

The suspects entered Belaggio Jewelry Store and forced three employees into a back office at gunpoint. They then removed merchandise from the front counter and a rear safe before fleeing on foot. A police officer followed but was unable to catch up to them before they got into their getaway car.

Police are describing the thieves as black males. One is around 40 years old, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, with reddish beard, close-cut hair, and wearing a leather jacket. The other is between the ages of 35 and 40, 6 feet tall with close-cut hair, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans and brown sunglasses with gold frames. The getaway car is described as a green Ford Contour with a Pennsylvania plate ending in 2204.

Anyone with information is asked to call 215-686-3153 or -3154.

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.

– Police in Stamford, Conn., arrested four men in connection with robbing a jewelry store and leading police on a foot chase on Nov. 5.

Early Saturday morning, three men entered the Ross-Simons jewelry store in the Stamford Town Center, smashed a display case, and made off with approximately $500,000 worth of watches.

Mall security and local police chased the suspects, and four men were eventually taken into custody. One Stamford officer and one suspect were injured during the incident. The officer is being treated at Greenwich Hospital, and the suspect was treated at Stamford Hospital after being pepper-sprayed.

Anyone with information should call Stamford Police at 203-977-4417.

The JSA suggests trying to memorize all the locations touched by the robbers so that jewelers can advise the police about possible fingerprint evidence when they arrive. Do not wipe or try to clean the cases or other surfaces, or otherwise disturb the crime scene before police arrive. Also try to keep all witnesses present until the police respond.

– On Nov. 10, police in San Diego arrested two parolees suspected of carrying out two armed robberies of local jewelry stores.

Robert Chavira and Ryan Alan McKnight are suspected carrying out two holdups at jewelry shops in Palm Desert and San Jose in October, and another in Mission Valley two months ago. Police think the men might also be involved in the armed robbery of Barona Casino last week.

Both men are in violation of their parole and are being held without bail. Police said a third suspect remains at large.