JSA Puts Out Crime Alert for Convict

The Jewelers' Security Alliance has issued a crime alert for an escaped convict who is charged with purchasing jewelry with fraudulent personal checks in Kentucky. Police have linked Sam Shepard, 38—already wanted for escape from a correctional facility in Paintsville, Ky.—to at least four robberies that may all involve jewelry stores. Police say that on Dec. 3 and 9, 2005, Shepard wrote two fraudulent personal checks at two jewelry stores in Fort Thomas, a Cincinnati suburb, for approximately $18,000 worth of jewelry. Police report that Shepard also has been active in Winchester, near the city of Lexington, and Bellevue, another Cincinnati suburb. Though the last two incidents weren't detailed in the police report, JSA president John Kennedy told JCK that he believes all four incidents involved jewelry stores. On both reported incidents, police said, Shepard visited the store af
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