September 4, 2002
JSA Reports Criminals Targeting South
The Jewelers' Security Alliance's periodic e mail alert to its members showed that among reported crimes in the month of August, jewelers and traveling salespersons were targeted more often in the southern part of the United States, especially the southeast.
Among the reports of crimes in jewelry stores was one in Bradenton, FL, during which a female jewelry store owner was shot and killed on Aug. 30. There were also robberies in Aventura, FL; Sevierville, TN; and Eastman, GA. The Eastman robbers were later arrested and are suspects in four similar robberies in other towns in Georgia, Virginia and South Carolina.
In addition, two men were arrested for jewelry store grab and runs in Cobb County, GA. The suspects' mode of operation was to ask to see an expensive item and then grab the piece from the salesperson and run. Police have stated that these suspects are also connected to another jewelry crime in Memphis, TN, and may have committed similar grab and runs from other unknown locations in the southeast.
Attacked against traveling jewelry salespersons included sneak thefts in Boca Raton, FL, and Calhoun, GA; as well as robberies in Roswell, GA; Dallas, TX; and Scottsdale, AZ. One other robbery was reported in Bellevue, WA.
JSA's website at www.jewelerssecurity.org contains more information for members on jewelry-related robberies, burglaries, thefts and traveling salesperson crimes by state and area, updated through August.
by Peggy Jo Donahue