Crime Watch

PHILADELPHIA JEWELER DIES IN SHOOTING AT STOP LIGHT A Philadelphia jeweler was shot and killed when he stopped his car at a traffic light Jan. 18. The murder occurred during the evening rush hour just two blocks from city police headquarters. The jeweler was Arkady Shvartsman, 55, a Russian immigrant who did business for more than a decade in a small shop on Philadelphia's "Jewelers Row." Inspector Jerrold Kane of the Philadelphia police homicide division said two men in the car in front of Shvartsman got out, approached his car and banged on the windows. One of them broke the driver's side window and shot Shvartsman twice in the shoulder, then both assailants ran back to their car, drove onto the sidewalk to get around the stopped traffic and escaped on an expressway ramp, said Kane. Shvartsman was pronounced dead a few minutes later at a hospital. The assailants' car, stolen from
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