June 30, 2005
Crooks Take a Violent Turn in Recent Crimes
Two black males carried out an armed robbery of a mall retail jewelry store in Delaware this week, and fled with a quantity of high-end watches, reports the Jewelers' Security Alliance. An off-duty trooper saw the robbery and confronted the pair as they fled. Shots were exchanged and the suspects escaped in a vehicle driven by a female suspect. JSA also cited other recent cases in its online bulletin:
In Georgia, three or four male Hispanic suspects with handguns robbed a jewelry store at 4:30 p.m.and fled in a champagne or gold Honda Accord. As a police car pursued them, the robbers fired at the police car with an assault rifle. The police were forced to stop the pursuit.
In Jackson, NJ, two Hispanic males entered a jewelry store in an outlet mall at 3 p.m., smashed showcases with a blunt object, and fled with jewelry merchandise in a black, late model Pontiac G6. The suspects were described as 5-ft. 10-in. or 5-ft. 11-in. tall.
In Olive Branch, MS, two male suspects wearing ski masks and gloves with handguns robbed a retail jewelry store at 11 a.m. They ordered employees to the floor, demanded showcase keys and tried to open the cases, but ended up smashing the cases. The robbers fled in a stolen car later found abandoned, but witnesses reported they changed into a silver or gray passenger vehicle. Suspect No. 1 is described as black male, 5-ft. 8-in. tall, stocky, wearing a black shirt and dark pants. Suspect No. 2 is described as a white male, 5-ft. 6-in. tall, slim, wearing blue jeans and a blue-jean jacket.
In Pittsburgh, PA, two male suspects with small sledgehammers entered a retail jewelry store and smashed display cases at 4:15 p.m. While one suspect smashed the cases, the second suspect attacked a salesperson with a sledgehammer, who suffered multiple cuts. The robbers, described as in their twenties, 6-ft. tall and wearing baseball caps and white T-shirts, fled with jewelry merchandise.
In San Mateo, CA, two Hispanic male suspects entered a retail jewelry store, each carrying a handgun at 6 p.m. They demanded cash and jewelry and fled in a cream-colored older car with a boxy shape. Suspect No. 1 is described as in his twenties, 5-ft. 4in. tall, 150 lbs., wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants. Suspect No. 2 was between 20-30 years old, 5-ft. 8-in., 180 lbs., wearing a white shirt and white pants.
In Miami, FL, a male suspect went into a retail jewelry store and examined a gold bracelet. The staff noticed that he looked jittery and scruffy, and trained a surveillance camera on his face. The suspect left without further incident. The next day the suspect returned to see the same bracelet, and grabbed it and fled. Store personnel gave chase and restrained the suspect. Following his arrest for theft of the bracelet, the suspect was also charged with, and confessed to, first-degree murder in the beating and stabbing to death of a 72-year-old woman on June 20. He stabbed the woman when she resisted during a purse snatching.
To learn more about how to react to violent crimes safely, join JSA by going to jewelerssecurity.org.
by Peggy Jo Donahue