Jewelry Crime Stories: Week of Feb. 25

A roundup of jewelry crime stories from the past week:

80-Year-Old Jewelry Store Owner Fights Off Robbers

Los Angeles On Feb. 26, police released surveillance footage showing Chuck Lire, the 80-year-old owner of Riverton Jewelers, fighting off robbers in his store. Two men entered the store on Feb. 2, and one smashed a jewelry case. When Lire raised his fist, the suspects fled, although the men got away with nearly 20 watches, valued around $40,000. Anyone with information is requested to call police at 877-LAPD-24-7.

Armed Robbers Steal From Albany Store

Albany, N.Y. On Feb. 27, four men entered Eden Jewelry and forced everyone to the ground. The suspects stole several jewelry pieces behind the counter and then fled the scene. One of the men was armed with a handgun but according to police reports, no one was injured. Anyone with information is requested to call Albany Police at 518-462-8039.

Suspects Arrested For Connecticut Robbery

Manchester, Conn. On Feb. 28, two suspects were arrested for allegedly attempting to rob Gooddale Jewelers. The duo was spotted attempting to smash through the store’s front door during the night. Police chased the suspects by foot. Both men were charged with third-degree criminal attempt to commit burglary among other charges.