A roundup of jewelry crime stories:
Suspects Kidnap Jewelry Store Employee From his Home, Force Him to Open Store
Allentown, Penn. On Dec. 28, three armed men allegedly kidnapped a jewelry store employee from his residence and forced him to open Bixler’s Jeweler’s safe. The suspects stole Rolex watches and other jewelry items, then fled in the employee’s green Toyota Camry.
Suspect Steals Engagement Ring Off of Sales Associate’s Finger
Coon Rapids, Minn. On Dec. 30, a man assaulted a female sales associate at Kay Jewelers and stole a $16,000 off her finger. The suspect allegedly asked the woman to try on the ring and then wrestled it off her finger, as shown in surveillance images. Anyone with information is requested to call 763-427-1212.
Robbers Break Into KFC Instead of Jewelry Store
Beaudesert, Australia. On Dec. 31, two suspects allegedly planned on stealing jewelry from Wrights Jewelers, but ended up smashing through the wall of a KFC fast food restaurant instead. The men incorrectly measured the jewelry store wall, and ended up in the restroom of the restaurant. Instead of fleeing the scene, they robbed the fast food joint instead, holding up store employees and stealing $2,600. The men were later arrested and charged with armed robbery.