A roundup of jewelry crime stories from the past two weeks:
Group of Bandits Make Off With $9,000 of Silver Jewelry
Powell, Ohio—On May 25, numerous suspects robbed the Powell Liberty Antique mall. According to reports, a male and female distracted a clerk while two other males filled a bag with $9,000 of silver jewelry. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the suspects. Anyone with information is requested to call 614-461-8477.
Two Men Disguised as Police Officers Rob Utah Store
Salt Lake City—Two men disguised as police officers robbed the Jewelers Guild on June 4. The suspects, armed with weapons, tricked employees into believing that they were actual members of law enforcement. They asked to check in the back of the store for stolen jewelry, but instead took an unknown amount of items. Anyone with information is requested to call 801-799-3000 or submit tips anonymously by texting TIPSLCPD to 274637.
“If a jeweler has a visit or an inquiry from a plainclothes police officer that the jeweler doesn’t know, the jeweler should ask for proper police identification to confirm the police officer’s identify,” says John Kennedy, president of Jewelers’ Security Alliance. “Impersonation of police officers is not uncommon, for example, in home invasions. However, in this case asking for identification might not have helped given that the two suspects entered with guns at their hip.”
British Department Store Hit With Brazen Robbery
London—The British department store Selfridges was hit with a smash and grab robbery on June 6. Six men covered in burqas and armed with axes smashed display cases and stole high end watches. The crime was executed in the presence of shoppers. Police arrested two of the suspects when their getaway vehicle crashed.