Jewelry Crime Stories: June 25–29

A roundup of jewelry store crimes from the past week.

Police Arrest Trade Show Criminals

New York, N.Y. On June 26, police arrested a duo from Queens who allegedly stalked a Chelsea jewelry designer and stole her entire collection of jewelry. Back in March, the alleged robbers followed Keiko Mita from a Boston trade show to a storage facility in New York. When Mita went inside the storage unit, the pair stole around $330,000 worth of jewelry from her van. Edgar Lozada, 43, and his son, Jhonathan, 23, were charged with criminal possession of stolen property and grand larceny.

Women Steals $10K Ring, Replaces Diamond Jewelry with Cubic Zirconia

Corvallis, Ore. On June 25, a woman in her 40s entered Anderson’s Jewelers pretending to be a customer. The woman asked to see the two most expensive rings in the store and then took pictures of the jewelry with her phone to allegedly send to her fiancé. While the owner attended to other customers, the woman walked out of the door with the rings and replaced the empty case with cubic zirconia jewelry.

Anyone with information is requested to call police at 541-766-6924 ext. 8210.

Missouri Police Search for Armed Robber

St. Peters, Mo. An armed robber entered Smith Jewelry on June 25 and stole around 100 rings. The owner of the store allegedly grabbed the robber’s wrist, but he broke free and fled with around $20,000 worth of rings. The owner of the store is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information is requested to contact police at 636-278-2244 ext.3531.

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