Two-Man Robbery Crew Strikes Again

Hours after JCK spotlighted their alleged mini crime spree in its Monday newsletter, the two men suspected of robbing 10 jewelry stores in the southeastern United States in the last two months struck again—this time in Columbia, S.C.

On 7:47 p.m. on June 25, two suspects—one of which is pictured at left via surveillance footage—entered a Columbia retail jewelry store through separate entrances and inquired about buying a watch. A sales associate showed them a watch but left the showcase keys in the key slot.

According to the Jewelers’ Security Alliance  (JSA), one of the suspects reached across the showcase and forcibly removed the keys. He attempted to open the showcases but was unable to remove any jewelry.

In addition to this latest attempt, the two men are believed to have committed 10 crimes: seven smash-and-grab robberies and three grab-and-runs. Nine of those incidents, which are so far limited to four states (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida), all happened in the last two months, though one happened in June 2017.

“[The two suspects] are dangerous and bold and won’t stop until they are caught,” says JSA president John Kennedy.

JSA reminds jewelers that if they see these men, they should not attempt to apprehend them, but instead call 911 if they can do so in a safe manner. They should also notify JSA about any information regarding these men or these incidents.

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One of the suspects in the June 25 robbery attempt in Columbia, S.C., as captured by surveillance footage

Beginning May 1, the suspects are believed to have robbed stores in North Charleston, N.C.; Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; Pooler, Ga.; Locust Grove, Ga.; Beaufort, S.C.; Orlando, Fla.; and Charlotte, N.C.  It is also believed that the two cased a store in Macon, Ga.

JCK provided these 50 tips to help you keep your store safe from robberies.

(Image courtesy of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance)

 

JCK News Director