CAN THE INTERNET REDUCE JEWELRY THEFT?

When Randy Jones, co-owner of Global Gems in the Atlanta suburb of Chamblee, Ga., put an 8-ct. emerald in his display case, he had no idea it would potentially lead to sharing a $1 million reward for his role in the arrest of a notorious jewelry thief. He also had no idea he would become embroiled in the first use of the Internet to recover stolen jewelry. Sheer chance played a role. A friend of his, Jeff Meyer, an Atlanta jewelry dealer, was searching the Internet before going on a gem-buying trip to Thailand. When he used the keywords “jewelry” and “warning,” up popped the Palm Beach (Fla.) Police Department’s Web site (www.palmbeachpolice.com) with photos of pieces from a $7 million collection of jewelry stolen in January 1997 from the Palm Beach home of Kathleen Ford, the widow of Henry Ford II. Tantalized by the huge reward offered by Ford, Meyer scrolled through the j
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