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FRAUD THWARTED – PRINCETON, NJ

On 6/26/17, at approximately 5:40 p.m., a man inquired if a store sold high-end watches. He said he wanted to get his son a watch and asked if the store had any in the $5000 range. The sales associate felt uncomfortable and communicated non-verbally to another associate, who stepped in to take over the transaction.

The suspect tried on watches and after 5 minutes he decided on a high-end watch for almost $19,000. He then asked if the store had financing available. The associate got an application and had the suspect fill out the paperwork. After the associate asked for his Driver’s License and credit card information he excused himself to his car. The vehicle was a light blue Mercedes with no license plate. The suspect sat in the passenger seat. A second male subject sat in the driver’s seat. The first suspect smoked a cigarette and then reentered the business with a license and a credit card.

The suspect said he was visiting from Florida and produced a FL driver’s license. At that point, associates began checking his license against the I.D. Checking guide. Associates found inconsistencies in the suspects license (the suspects card should have had a star with a circle around it). The license was also issued four years ago and looked new.

The suspect would not walk away from the counter while associates were processing his application. He was also visibly nervous. At that point, the store manager told associates to slow down the process and called police. Police responded and began to question the suspect in the store. He refused to answer questions and the police detained him for an hour until all information could be verified. The suspect’s driver’s license and credit card was found to be fraudulent. When the officers received the image from the Florida DMV of the person who lived at the address on the driver’s license, it was not the same image of the suspect. He was immediately arrested. His accomplice was also arrested.

ARMED ROBBERY – OMAHA, NE

On 6/26/17, two male suspects entered the store by making a hole in the wall in the store’s backroom. It is unknown when access was made. At approximately 9:35 a.m., when two sales associates arrived to open the business, one associate went to the backroom. When she entered the backroom, she found two suspects holding guns in their hands. The sales associate then screamed. At that point the second associate ran to the backroom. When he entered the room one of the suspects demanded he deactivate the alarm. As the associate was deactivating the alarm one of the suspects said “there is a silent alarm on it, do not hit it.” After the alarm was deactivated they instructed the sales associate to open the safe. He complied in opening the safe. Once the safe was opened, the suspects instructed both associates to get on their knees and turn around.  The suspects put items from the safe into a black trash bag. They then fled from the store. Both suspects were described as Black males, dressed in all black clothing and wearing bandannas over their faces. One suspect is 5’9” and the other is 5’7.” If you have any information regarding the identities of these individuals, please call the Omaha Police Department at 402-444-4619.

GRAB AND RUN – DAWSONVILLE, GA

On 6/22/17, at approximately 6:28 p.m., two male suspects looked at watches. After looking at several watches, one of the suspects went towards a showcase containing high-end watches. The suspect asked to see the watch. When the watch was removed from the showcase, the suspect grabbed the watch and both males ran out of the store. The suspects left in a silver 2-Door Cadillac. Both suspects are black males. The first suspect is in his early 20’s. He is 5’8” and thin. He was last seen wearing a blue hat, blue shirt and jeans. The second suspect is in his early 30’s. He is 6’0” and has a medium/athletic build. He also has tattoos on his right arm. He was last seen wearing a white shirt with stars on it, jeans and a black hat. If you have any information regarding the identities of these individuals please contact the Jewelers Security Alliance at (212) 687-0328.

DISTRACTION THEFT – MESQUITE, TX

On 6/20/17, at approximately 9:00 p.m., a male and female suspect distracted sales associates. The suspects positioned themselves so the sales associates had their backs to the office area. A third suspect then surreptitiously entered the store and then left within one minute. The third suspect was not seen by either sales associate. The suspect carried a large shopping bag and concealed 39 bridal pieces. The first suspect is a Black male in his late 40’s. He is 5’10” tall. He has a dark brown complexion and a medium build. The second suspect is a White female in her late 40’s. She is 5’6”, has a medium build and shoulder length blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a light colored short sleeve shirt. The third suspect is a Black male in his late 40’s. He has a medium build and is 5’8.” He was last seen wearing light colored clothing and a cap. He was also carrying a large bag. If you have any information regarding the identity of these individuals, please contact the Mesquite Police Department at 972-285-6336.

CREDIT CARD FRAUD – DURHAM, NC

On 6/9/17, at approximately 6:25 p.m., a couple was shopping for a bracelet for the female. The bracelet was paid for by the male with a fraudulent Visa credit card. The male suspect is a very light skinned Black male. He is approximately 6’0” tall and weighs 210 pounds. He has a full beard and was last seen wearing a light blue button down long sleeve dress shirt. He also wore blue jeans, a gold chain and sunglasses. If you have any information regarding the identity of this individual, please call the Durham Police Department at 919-451-6717.

GRAB AND RUN – STATESBORO, GA

On 6/19/17, at approximately 6:27 p.m., one male suspect approached a showcase. He requested to see a bracelet. Once the bracelet was removed from the showcase, he asked to see a gold chain. The sales associate informed the suspect that she could only remove one item at a time. At that point, the suspect grabbed the bracelet and ran from the store. The suspect’s accomplice stood outside the store’s entrance. Both suspects were observed fleeing into a Silver Toyota Camry. A third suspect is believed to have driven the car. The first and second suspects were described as Black males in their early 20’s. The first suspect is 5’8” and has a medium build. He was last seen wearing a white polo shirt, jeans and sneakers. The second suspect is thin and is 6’2.” He was last seen wearing a black hat, a black and white polo shirt, red shorts and sneakers. If you have any information regarding the identity of these suspects, please contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.

GRAB AND RUN – LAKEWOOD, CA

On 6/19/17, at approximately 11:21 a.m., the sales associate assisted a suspect in viewing rings. During the presentation, the suspect held a ring and said “I’ll take it.” He then fled from the store. The suspect was described as a 6’2” black male. He weighs 175 pounds and was last seen wearing a cream colored hoodie and black round sunglasses. He wore white socks with Nike sandals. He has a tattoo over his right eye and a mole over his left eye. He also wore a hospital band with yellow ducks on his wrist. If you have any information regarding the identity of the individual, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at 562-623-3500

BURGLARY – TN

On 6/7/17, employees discovered that a burglary took place overnight. The suspect(s) escaped with 10,000 pieces of Pandora jewelry. If you come in contact with someone selling or in possession of Pandora jewelry, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at (212) 687-0328.

GUNPOINT ROBBERY – CARUTHERS, CA

On 6/9/17, at approximately 10:20 a.m., a sales associate was tied up and held at gunpoint. Two male suspects then stole tens of thousands of dollars in jewelry from display cases. A third suspect waited outside in a newer model, black Mercedes-Benz. The car had custom rims and paper plates. The suspects were described as being in their twenties and had partially covered faces. One wore a hat and sunglasses, while the second suspect wore a hoodie and a bandanna. If you have any information regarding the identities of these suspects, please call the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111.

GRAB AND RUN – SOUTHAVEN, MS

On 6/13/17, at approximately 4:42 p.m., a male and female suspect inquired about diamond rings. After several minutes the female left and the male continued to look at rings. The male then left and said he wanted to look for items at other jewelry stores. Shortly thereafter, the male reentered the store and asked to see an engagement ring  and band set. As soon as the suspect gained possession of both rings, he fled from the store. The male suspect was described as Black. He is in his mid 30’s and is 5’8.” He weighs 180 pounds and has a dark complexion with slight facial hair and dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, black jeans and red tennis shoes. If you have any information regarding the identity of this individual, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.