Retailers Plagued by Case Cutters

March 9, 2004

Retailers Plagued by Case Cutters

The Jewelers Security Alliance reports a year-long series of incidents in which a group of sneak thieves acts to distract sales associates, cut the silicone seal from showcases, then lift the tops to remove jewelry. The thefts have occurred primarily in the eastern United States, in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Incidents have also been reported in North Carolina and Georgia.

The most recent theft was reported by the Pennsylvania Jewelers Association, saying the thieves struck a store in the Allentown, PA, area Feb. 29.

JSA says the description of the suspects includes the following: three Hispanic males, all 5'-5'2", 145 lbs., mid-30s, nicely dressed, light accents. One Hispanic female with an L-shaped scar on her forehead, 25-30 years old, 5-ft. tall, 125 lbs, black/brown shoulder-length hair. Another description states two Hispanic males and an Hispanic female, mid-to-late 20s. All casually dressed, heavy accents but speak English well. Female thin, attractive, 5'6''-5'8'', dark hair, usually wears tinted sunglasses and a hat. The males are stocky and muscular, 5'8''-5'10'', dark hair. One of the two males is usually on a cell phone.

For more information or to report a new incident, contact JSA, New York City; (800) 537-0067 or (212) 687-0328,

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