Jewelry Crime Stories: Week of March 25



A roundup of jewelry crime stories from the past week:

Thief Suffers a Heart Attack During Robbery in England

Oxford, England. A thief suffered a “life-threatening” heart attack during an attempted armed robbery of a jewelry store in Oxford, England on March 30.

The 40-year-old man had been attempting to rob John Gowing Jewellers with a partner who later fled on a bus. The pair drove toward the store on a motorcycle, left their bicycle helmets on, and used crowbars to smash the store’s three glass windows. Passersby tackled one of the men, causing a scuffle in which that man had a heart attack.

Paramedics restarted the man’s heart, and he is currently in serious condition at a local hospital. The second robber is still at large.

Georgia Jewelry Store Robbed at Gunpoint

Stockbridge, Ga. Police in Henry County, Ga., are looking for two armed suspects who violently robbed Castle Jewelry on March 27.

The two robbers cased the store earlier in the afternoon, and came back just an hour later to rob the store at gunpoint. One suspect barged into the store and immediately began pointing a gun at employees. While he kept his gun on the employees, the other robber smashed the display cases and removed the jewelry. The pair ran off on foot.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 770-288-8494.

Robbers Tie Up Female Employee During Virginia Jewelry Store Robbery

Stafford, Va. On March 27, two men claiming to have a gun robbed the Diamond Concept Jewelry store.

One of the robbers bound one of the store’s female employees’ hands with a plastic tie and locked her in the store bathroom. The thieves did not pull a gun, but said they had one. The value of the items stolen was undetermined at press time.

Police described the first robber as either a light-skinned black or Hispanic male. He is short with a dark beard and he wore a black hoodie, covered by a two-tone blue or black jacket, a black neck mask pulled up from his neckline, black watchman’s cap or beanie hat, black gloves, and a two-toned black and gray backpack. The other robber is said to be a light-skinned black male.

Anyone with information is asked to call detective Barry Surles at 540-658-4450.