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Jewelry-Store Robbery ‘Rampage’ Unfolds in 2 States

The incidents took place in Colorado and California.

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The Jewelers’ Security Alliance has reported a “rampage” of jewelry-store robberies taking place in Colorado and California.

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Three gunpoint robberies occurred in Colorado Springs, CO, over a five-day period, according to JSA. The incidents:

  • Jan. 29: “Five masked men entered the store shortly after opening, and one of them fired a shot into the building. The suspects smashed five showcases and took merchandise, and also took merchandise from the safe.”
  • Jan. 25: “At noon, two suspects entered a retail jewelry store, and one hit an employee on the head. The suspects grabbed jewelry and ran off.”
  • Jan. 25: “Later in the afternoon, four suspects entered a jewelry store, two with handguns. They ordered sales associates and customers to the floor, and smashed numerous showcases, leaving within 30 seconds.”

The Gazette newspaper in Colorado reports that on Jan. 29, a robbery occurred at Glenn’s Jewelry and Loans and involved “four men, one of whom might have had a handgun.” On Jan. 25, robberies took place at Moretti Jewelers and Jared, according to the newspaper.

Eight smash-and-grab incidents took place in California over a 10-day period, according to JSA.

  • Jan. 22, Artesia: “5 suspects.”
  • Jan. 21, Cerritos: “7 suspects. The suspects ordered sales associates and customers to the floor and began smashing showcases. Suspects fled in two vehicles.”
  • Jan. 20, San Bernardino: “3 suspects armed with pepper spray.”
  • Jan. 19, San Diego: “3 masked suspects.”
  • Jan. 18, Los Angeles: “4 suspects (1 female). Suspects assaulted owner with hammer. Escaped in silver Lexus.”
  • Jan. 18, Pico Rivera: “3 masked suspects. Escaped in silver Hyundai Sonata.”
  • Jan. 15, Whittier: “3 suspects.”
  • Jan. 12, San Diego: “2 masked suspects.”

JSA offers these tips related to smash-and-grab robberies:

  • Do not resist. In addition to sledgehammers and other dangerous tools, the suspects may be armed with guns.
  • Hiring armed, off-duty police officers in the store is a deterrent to smash-and-grab robbers.
  • Having buzzers on the door can help to keep out potential robbers.
  • Showcases with burglary-resistant, laminated glass and special frames can withstand many blows with a hammer and can prevent or reduce large losses. JSA has not seen robbers take retaliatory action when laminated glass is used and robbers are unable to enter a showcase or are able to take only a small amount of merchandise from a small hole. Furthermore, robbers frequently cut themselves on small holes and leave behind valuable DNA evidence from blood.
  • Having a audible glass breakage alarm on your showcases can scare smash-and-grab robbers away.
  • Spreading high-end watch and diamond merchandise among several showcases, and not concentrated in one showcase, can reduce the amount of the loss in a smash and grab robbery.
  • Surveillance photos from eye-level cameras inside and outside the store provide excellent evidence for police. Ceiling cameras too often capture useless photos of the top of heads or hats.
  • Keeping a log book of suspicious incidents, and putting aside and saving surveillance video of suspicious incidents, can be a great help in subsequent investigations.
  • Sharing information and photos among local jewelers and police, and with JSA, regarding casings and suspects can help prevent crime and assist with investigations.

 

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Jewelry Store Robbed After Manager Tied Up in Home

The thieves made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in goods.

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Icebox Diamonds & Watches in Atlanta was burglarized after masked gunmen tied up a jeweler and his wife in their home, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Cobb County police stated that on Friday, the culprits forced the couple into their home and took the store keys. The couple were not injured.

(The Journal-Constitution described one of the victims as the owner. Other news sources, including WXIA-TV, described him as the manager.)

Two men broke into the Buckhead store at about 11:30 p.m. and spent about two hours there, authorities said. They took jewelry and watches from safes.

The stolen goods were reportedly worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in total. Cash and jewelry were also stolen from the jeweler’s home, according to the Journal-Constitution.

Icebox Diamonds & Watches is known for its celebrity clientele, the newspaper notes.

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Singer Katy Perry Shows Off $5M Engagement Ring — Take a Look

It’s one of the most expensive celebrity engagement rings ever.

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Singer Katy Perry took to Instagram to show off the engagement ring she got from actor Orlando Bloom when he popped the question on Valentine’s Day.

E! News explains that “the flower-shaped sparkler appears to have a pink center stone with diamonds surrounding it, along with a gold band.” She captioned the photo “full bloom.”

Andrew Brown, president of WP Diamonds, told E! News that the ring is likely worth about $5 million.

He said it appears to feature “a 4-carat fancy vivid pink oval shaped diamond.” That stone is encircled by eight white diamonds.

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The estimated price tag would put the ring among the most expensive ever worn by a celebrity.

Perhaps the most expensive celebrity engagement ring ever was the $10 million sparkler given to singer Mariah Carey in 2016 by Australian businessman James Packer. Their engagement was called off that same year.

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Former Jewelry Store Worker Accused of Stealing $222,000 in Merchandise

She allegedly took the goods to pawn shops.

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A former employee of a jewelry store in Rhode Island has been accused of stealing from the business.

Yanill C. Taveras, who worked for Ross-Simons Jewelers in Cranston, was arrested on a charge of embezzlement/fraudulent conversion, WPRI reports.

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Authorities say 121 pieces of jewelry were missing from the store, with a total value of more than $222,000.

Taveras, 26, came under suspicion when it was discovered that she had pawned jewelry at local shops, WPRI reports.

Police say they’ve recovered about $105,000 in jewelry so far.

Taveras has been released on surety bail. She’s set to appear in court on April 25.

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