Jewelry Crime Stories: July 16–21



A roundup of jewelry store crimes from the past week:

Store Owner Foils Attempted Robbery With Help of Martial Artists

Long Beach, Calif. On July 16, the owner of VI Mean Chey Jewelry foiled an attempted armed robbery—with help from three martial arts experts. Three men, one armed with a gun, entered the store and asked for gold chains. A fight broke out and a shot was fired. Men attending a martial arts convention next door helped disarm to robber, leading to his arrest. The two accomplices are still on the loose.

Anyone with information is requested to call the Long Beach Police Department at 562-570-7464.

Suspects Flee in Attempted Robbery

Ahwatukee, Ariz. On July 21, five armed men attempted to rob a jewelry store in Ahwatukee, Ariz. The men, armed with handguns, broke into the store around noon and fought with several customers. Two suspects tried to tie up customers, but were unsuccessful. The five robbers fled the scene empty-handed.

Anyone with information is requested to call Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6141.

West Virginia Police Looking for Suspects in Connected Robberies

Kanawaha County, W.Va. Police in West Virginia are looking for three suspects they believe are connected to two robberies in the area. In early July the trio stole thousands of dollars worth of diamond rings and necklaces from Marrs Jewelers in Nitro, W. Va.

A week later, the owners of John’s Cyclery in St. Albans, W.Va., reported a $5,000 stolen bike taken by two men and one woman. When shown a picture of the suspects, employees of the jewelry store recognized them as the same group who robbed their store.