New York Anti-Crime Network Grows

The New York Jewelers Crime Alert Network has added more than 100 subscribers since its formation in December.

The network, formed at the request of Jewelers’ Security Alliance, is a free service to the jewelry industry, open to members of the jewelry industry and law enforcement. Jewelers who experience a crime or suspicious incident in the New York City area are encouraged to contact the network administrator and notify police. An alert about the incident will be distributed to network members. Efforts will be made to maintain confidentiality.

For more information, visit www.nyjcan.com or e-mail admin@nyjcan.com.

West

James Avery Craftsman recently opened a store in Live Oak, Texas, in the San Antonio area. This is its 54th store.

Romano’s Jewelers, a nine-store chain whose principal location is in Northridge, Calif., filed Chapter 11 earlier this month. It’s planning to downsize, it said.

Midwest

Clyde’s Jewelers in Howard, Wis., will close in early March after more than 80 years in business, according to a local news source. The owner, Jim Nelson, cited the recession as the main reason behind the decision.

Northeast

Stucchi Jewelers in Natick, Mass., created a pin for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, which was presented to her at the opening of the Madeleine Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College, according to local press.

An armed robber shot and killed an employee of Durant Jewelers in New York City, reportedly fleeing with a $1 million in merchandise.

Chains

Birks & Mayors said net sales during the 13 weeks ended Dec. 26, 2009, were $89.3 million, an increase of $1.2 million.