Put the Brakes on Break-Ins

One would think the Gate Cutters Jewelry Crew, a criminal gang that has robbed 50 jewelry stores since 2003, has a bad business model. Their modus operandi is to cut a jeweler's gate, snatch all the jewelry that's not in the safe, and flee after a few minutes, before anyone responds to the tripped alarm. But most jewelers don't leave expensive jewelry outside their safes after hours, right? And how much can a gang grab in three minutes? It turns out, plenty. Among the Gate Cutters' hauls: $330,000 worth of jewelry from a store in Boca Raton, Fla.; $260,000 from a store in Maryland; and $213,000 from a store in Pennsylvania. All told, the gang is estimated to have stolen $5.1 million worth of jewelry. All of which demonstrates that many jewelers aren't following basic burglary-prevention procedures. Security experts say jewelers should not leave any jewelry lying around at night, ne

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