Milwaukee Jeweler Killed, JSA Offers Reward

Leopoldo Vela is the second industry-related homicide this year

Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed Milwaukee jeweler Leopoldo Vela.

Vela, 57, owner of Corona Jewelry, a local pawnshop and jewelry store, was shot in the chest during a robbery on Oct. 31. He later died from his wounds.

This is the second industry-related homicide this year, says JSA. A traveling salesman was killed in June after confronting members of a gang who robbed him at a gas station.

The police have released a photo of the suspect in this crime (pictured). Other photos can be seen below:

If you have information regarding this crime, you are advised to contact Lt. Paul Lough of the Homicide Division of the Milwaukee Police Department at 414-935-7411.

You can also provide information to JSA at its Reward Hotline at 800-325-1883. If you wish to remain anonymous, measures will be taken to protect your identity.

Information on how jewelers can prevent and handle robberies can be found here.

(Photo courtesy of Jewelers’ Security Alliance)




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