Jewelry Industry Raises Alarm About Off-Site Crime

Last year there was good news on the crime front, with a striking 37% drop in dollar losses from jewelry store crime. How quickly things have changed. While jewelry store crime has continued to decline this year, off-site crime has shot up dramatically. During the first five months of 1999, there were 127 losses on the road, totaling $33 million, a 50% leap over the same period in 1998. In March, an armed escort was fatally wounded in Nashville by gang members who made off with the Rolex watches he and another guard were shuttling from Carlyle & Co. Jewelers to a nearby parking garage. In April, a police officer in full body armor died in the aftermath of a jewelry store robbery in Phoenix. He was sprayed by bullets from a robbery suspect’s SKS assault rifle when he and a SWAT team stormed an apartment where the suspect was hiding. The suspect died in the ensuing shootout. Thes

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