The Pretenders

Watch out for that clown. He may be one of a special breed of jewelry thief that uses impersonation to impress, distract, or confuse jewelers in order to rob them. These charlatans contributed to the $27.5 million dollars of loss resulting from in-store jewelry theft in 2001, according to Jewelers' Security Alliance statistics. To help put jewelers on their guard against counterfeit clowns and sham sheiks, JCK compiled the following rogues' gallery of recent jewel-thief imposters. Bozo the thief. A smash-and-grab heist at a Gordon's Jewelers in the Lebanon Plaza Mall in Lebanon, Pa., was reported by the Lebanon Daily News in the fall of 2001. It sounds like an ordinary crime, until you read the description of the culprit—a clown—and the day of the theft—Halloween. An excerpt from the newspaper article explains what happened: Even though it was Halloween, the man's whit
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