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‘Code Red’ Issued for Jewelry Stores as More Burglars Cut Power Lines

JSA has identified 50 such cases.

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The Jewelers’ Security Alliance issued a “code red” amid a string of jewelry-store burglaries in which the culprits cut power lines.

The organization said it has identified 50 cases of such burglaries at U.S. jewelry stores in 2019.

Among recent cases:

  • Scottsdale, AZ, police received information from the Santa Barbara, CA, police that a crew of suspected Chilean jewelry burglars was in the Scottsville area. Scottsdale police located the individuals and followed them to two jewelry stores. Police say the suspects cut power at the stores. The next night, police observed a person on the roof of a jewelry store that had its power cut. The store was found ransacked the next day. Police arrested the three suspects at a motel; they were in possession of stolen jewelry.
  • In Yorba Linda, CA, suspects cut the power lines to a jewelry store on a day when it was closed. The owners’ family came to check on the store and saw that the cameras and alarm weren’t working. They called the Orange County Sheriff’s Department after realizing they were about to be burglarized. Deputies staked out the store, with two deputies hiding inside. The suspects broke through the front door and smashed two showcases with a crowbar. Two of the four suspects were arrested.
  • In Leawood, KS, suspects cut the power to a jewelry store, pried open the rear door, and attempted to break into the safe, but were unsuccessful. The suspects then stole a large quantity of jewelry items from the showcase, and also took the computer hard drive. Police learned that four other Kansas City jewelry stores had their power cut on the same night around the same time. None of the other stores were burglarized.

If you have further information, contact JSA at 212-687-0328 or jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org.

Methods

  • Jewelry stores are targeted on weekends or on nights before a day the store is closed. Holidays, such as the Fourth of July, are also high-risk times.
  • Burglars access the outside electrical panel and cut off power to the store, disabling alarms and camera systems.
  • Burglars wait to see police or other response time, and then wait until police depart.
  • Burglars wait until backup battery power is exhausted.
  • Suspects reportedly tend to be Chilean burglary crews based in California and Florida, traveling throughout the U.S.
  • Suspects may cut through the roof or break into the jewelry store from a neighboring business, but also may break open or pry open front or rear doors.
  • Suspects may cut power to numerous jewelry stores in the same area and wait to observe response time and then identify the best target store.

JSA Recommendations

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  • Respond to any case of power interruption at your store.
  • Make sure that your call list at the alarm company includes the owner and enough employees who will be available to respond, including during vacations, weekend and holiday nights.
  • Do not respond alone. Have police accompany you.
  • Alert police that there may be burglars near the store watching to see the response to the power line cut.
  • Inspect your electrical box on a regular basis and report to police and JSA any sign of tampering, even if the power is not cut and no burglary occurred.
  • Have alarm protection for your store that covers all possible means of entry, including the roof and sidewalls.
  • Have line security to protect you if your alarm system is disabled.
  • The interior and exterior of the premises must be checked, including the roof and all possible means of entry.

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Jewelry and accessories retailer Charming Charlie may have gone bankrupt and closed its 261 stores, but you can expect to see the brand resurface in coming months.

Charlie Chanaratsopon, founder of the company, is acquiring its trademarks, internet properties and other intellectual property for about $1.23 million, the Houston Chronicle reports. He was approved to buy the assets following a bankruptcy auction.

He plans to revive Charming Charlie as primarily an online brand. It will have only a few permanent brick-and-mortar stores, which will open early next year.

The company’s main advantage is its 10-million-strong customer base, said Chanaratsopon, former CEO of Charming Charlie.

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“In this age of retail, we still see an opportunity for the brand to thrive in the online ecosystem,” he said, according to the Chronicle.

The company said in July that it was closing all of its stores in connection with its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed July 11.

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Online Jewelry Brand Raises $6.2M in Funding

Ross-Simons has taken a majority stake.

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CRANSTON, RI — Luca + Danni Inc., a online jewelry brand based in Rhode Island, has closed on $6.2 million in funding, with Ross-Simons Inc. becaming the majority investor in the deal.

PJC, a Boston-based VC Fund and early investor in Luca + Danni, will retain a stake in the company.

The investments “create a powerful partnership between an iconic jewelry company and three-year-old digital brand,” according to a Luca + Danni press release.

Fred Magnanimi, founder of Luca + Danni, will remain as CEO and board member.

“I started this brand to honor my family’s 50+ year heritage in US made handcrafted jewelry and help others embrace the journey of life as I learned to do after losing my brother to leukemia,” said Magnanimi. “With the amazing resources and strategic support of Ross-Simons and PJC, I am confident we will help millions embrace their own journey and continue to build our community.”

Ross-Simons, also based in Rhode Island, has a long history in retail and direct-to-consumer jewelry sales.

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A San Diego woman woke up without her engagement ring, and she immediately remembered a dream she’d had the night before.

One where she’d swallowed her engagement ring.

Jenna Evans immediately told her fiance, Bob Howell, and they headed to urgent care. She told the story in a Facebook post that has gone viral, garnering 62,000 shares as of Sept. 16.

She ended up seeing a gastroenterologist, who performed an upper endoscopy.

“Everything went great, they found my ring just beyond my stomach in my intestines, retrieved it and gave it to Bobby, not me,” she wrote.

She also divulged a bit about the dream that got her into the predicament.

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