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DISTRACTION THEFT – SAN ANTONIO, TX

On 4/21/18, at approximately 7:15 p.m., two female subjects inquired about numerous items. After looking at several pieces, one of the women applied for credit. While one of the subjects conversed about credit, her accomplice asked to see a bracelet. As she examined the bracelet, the sales associate continued to assist the first woman with her credit application process. After she was declined, both women left without making a purchase.

Several minutes later, the sales associate discovered the bracelet was missing. The first subject was described as a 5’6”, 180 lb dark skinned Black woman. She had a nose piercing and a multi colored head wrap. The second woman is also Black, 5’6” and weighs 180 lbs. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

SHOTS FIRED IN SMASH & GRAB – ANCHORAGE, AK

On 4/24/18, at approximately 7:37 p.m., three male subjects committed a gunpoint smash and grab robbery of a store that sells jewelry. One man was armed with a long gun while his two accomplices had handguns. One of the subjects also had a hammer. In the process of smashing one of the jewelry display cases, a round was discharged from his gun. The round went into the display case and no one was injured. The subject then removed jewelry. After taking the merchandise, the subjects fled from the store.

The subjects were described as Polynesian. The first subject wore a gray hoodie with a black jacket with white stripes and black pants. He also wore a mask. The second subject wore a gray jacket and black pants. The third subject wore a black and white plaid jacket, black ski cap and a kerchief covering his face. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

PORTAGE, MI – BURGLARS CUT THROUGH TWO BUSINESSES

Sometime between the evening of April 21, and April 22, 2018, a jewelry store was targeted in a burglary. The subject(s) cut through two businesses in an effort to access a jewelry store safe.  The subject(s) ultimately escaped with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of items. If you have any information regarding this incident, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

SNEAK THEFT – RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO

On 4/20/18, at approximately 7:45 p.m., a subject asked to see a solitaire ring. The subject then inquired about putting the item on layaway. The sales associate then took the subject to the register to begin processing the transaction. The merchandise was on a counter pad. The subject then stated she needed to “go get her grandkids.” She then exited the store. After checking the counter pad, the sales associate realized the ring was gone. The subject was described as a 60-year-old Black female. She is 5’5” and weighs 190 lbs. She has short grey hair and walked with a cane. She was last seen wearing a Dallas Cowboys Jersey. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

 

 

JEWELER MISCONDUCT – DUBLIN, OH

On 4/16/18, 64-year-old Charles “Mike” Hush, was indicted by a grand jury on 36 counts of theft and one count of engaging in corrupt activity.

According to prosecutor Ron O’ Brien, Hush took jewelry and proceeds from 36 victims. The value of the jewelry exceeded $300,000. The victims told police that Hush took jewelry on consignment and he would not return their jewelry or pay them the proceeds from the sale. Hush’s jewelry store closed in 2016.

DISTRACTION THEFT – WHITEHALL, PA

On 4/14/18, at approximately 7:10 p.m., three subjects committed a theft. While one of the subjects was getting assistance from a sales associate, two other subjects entered the store. One of the subjects acted as a look out. Each subject wore earbuds. While the sales associate was distracted, one of the subjects slid open a case and removed an element with four earrings on it. The first subject was described as a 5’10” black male. He was last seen wearing a purple shirt and hat. The second subject is 5’11” and has an average build. The third subject has a slim build and was last seen wearing a tan coat. If you have any information regarding these subjects please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

VIOLENT GUNPOINT SMASH AND GRAB – BLOOMFIELD, CT

On 4//16/18, at approximately 12:15 p.m., three subjects committed a robbery and stole jewelry. One subject was armed with a shotgun while the second subject brought a hammer. The third subject stood guard.

When the store owner confronted the robbers, they punched her in the face and head. The subjects smashed display cases and then fled from the store with jewelry. As officers responded, they observed the robbers running through yards. The police arrested the three subjects. The owner of the store sustained minor injuries and refused medical attention.

GUNPOINT SMASH AND GRAB – SAN ANTONIO, TX

On 4/12/18, at approximately 8:00 p.m., five subjects committed an armed robbery at a store that sells jewelry. Shortly before 8:00 p.m., one subject entered the store with a pistol. He ordered an employee down to the floor at gunpoint. Subject #1 was followed into the store by Subject #2 and Subject #3, who was armed with a rifle. Subject #4 and #5 then entered the store moments later.

After all employees were ordered to the ground, the subjects split up. Two of the subjects went to jewelry display cases and began to break into the cases.  They then removed jewelry from the cases and placed the merchandise into a black bag. The subjects then demanded the manager open the safe. The manager was forced to take out jewelry and place them into a bag. One of the subjects then told the manager if he saw any police he would shoot everyone in the store. The subjects took hundreds of pieces of jewelry.

Four subjects responsible for this robbery were arrested following a police investigation. Those arrested include; 40-year-old Daniel Ray Rodriguez, 22-year-old Daniel Ray Rodriguez, Jr., 24-year-old Xavier Noel Musquiz and 36-year-old Cesar Rodriguez. 22-year-old Martin Ramirez Hernandez is still at large If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

JEWELER FOUND GUILTY IN FRAUD SCHEME – SAN FRANCISCO, CA

4/6/18 – Roger Kuo, 48 operated an e-commerce website specializing in watches. Kuo would offer high-end watches for sale on the internet although he did not have them in inventory. He would take his customers money and never send them a watch. According to Prosecutors, six victims lost a total of $161,171. Kuo was found guilty of selling five different watches ranging in price from $16,100 to $33,775. Prosecutors went through more than 50,000 pages of bank and sales records to locate the victims and their money. Nine victims testified in Kuo’s case. The victims came from France, New York City, Los Angeles, Malaysia and Nigeria. Kuo will be sentenced on May 17, 2018.

GRAB AND RUN – PHOENIX, AZ

On 4/11/18, at approximately 8:25 p.m., a female subject asked to see diamond solitaires. After she was presented with a ring, she grabbed it and fled from the store. She was described as a 20-year-old Black female. She is 5’10” tall. She was last seen wearing a green jacket and blue jeans. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.