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BURGLARY – LAS VEGAS, NV

On 4/5/20, at 8:12 a.m., security personnel at a mall informed a jewelry kiosk manager that their showcase was broken and merchandise was stolen. There is no physical description of the suspect(s). If you have any information regarding this incident, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR JEWELER’S MURDER – STAMFORD, CT

On 4/4/20, Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin was quoted as saying “We would like the community and media to know that we have persons of interests involved in this robbery-homicide at Marco Jewelers in custody in New York.”

The suspects committed the murder on 3/2/20. The identities of the suspects have not been released. Capt. Conklin stated the arrests were a result of a partnership between the Stamford Police Department major crime investigators, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Stamford State’s Attorneys Office.

OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBER’S SON CHARGED IN ROBBERY – HENDERSON, NV

On 3/12/20, Joshua Nichols, 37, was arrested after he allegedly committed a gunpoint robbery of a 67-year-old jeweler at a vacant home. A jeweler told law enforcement that he was lured into a home on 2/6/20, by a man identified as Joshua Nichols and another man and a woman.

One of the men inside the home, identified as George Moya, had laid costume jewelry on the kitchen table. At that point, the victim said he heard a noise. Joshua Nichols pointed a black handgun at the right side of the victim’s head. Nichols demanded the victim to remove his jacket and pants. Nichols proceeded to remove $1,700 in cash from the victim’s wallet along with bracelets, a ring and other personal effects. The three subjects then fled from the vacant home.

A neighbor’s surveillance camera captured a vehicle driving away from the scene. That vehicle was traced to a woman with a connection to Nichols and Moya. The victim later identified the suspects in police photo lineups. Joshua Nichols is the son of Terry Nichols, who assisted Timothy McVeigh in building the bomb that killed 168 people in Oklahoma City, OK in 1995. Terry Nichols is serving a life sentence in prison for the bombing. Joshua Nichols is facing kidnapping, burglary and robbery charges for his crimes against the jeweler on 2/6/20.

$1.3 MILLION BURGLARY – BRONX, NY

On 3/31/20, shortly before 3:00 a.m., four burglars gained entry to a jewelry store by breaking through the store’s wall. At 11:00 a.m., the store’s owner found that $1.3 million worth of jewelry was stolen from display cases and a safe. If you have any information regarding this incident, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

BURGLARY – SPRINGFIELD, IL

On 3/31/20, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Springfield Police were called to a department store for a motion alarm. When officers arrived, they observed two men trying to leave the building through the broken glass door. Officers arrested 34-year-old Deandre Robinson and 27-year-old Marlon Patterson. Offices discovered that jewelry cases inside the store were smashed. Robinson is charged with burglary and Paterson is charged with burglary, criminal damage to property over $10,000; theft over $10,000 and possession of burglary tools.

JEWELER MURDERED IN STORE – STAMFORD, CT

On 3/8/20, 69-year-old Mark Vuono, was shot and killed during a robbery in his jewelry store. According to a press release from Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin and Lt. Thomas Scanlon; at 2:45 p.m., a customer entered the store and contacted police after seeing evidence of a crime. If you have any information regarding this incident, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING CUBIC ZIRCONIA RING – LINCOLN, NE

On 3/24/20, 35-year-old Dustin Cemper was arrested for allegedly committing a theft at a jewelry store on 3/19/20. On 3/19/20, a male subject entered the jewelry store and inquired about women’s rings. He sat at a display case and then left the store without buying anything. The business later noticed a ring was missing from the display case. Surveillance footage showed the subject reached behind the cabinet and took a $1,700 cubic zirconia ring. Fingerprints from the display case matched Cemper.

THREE MINUTE BURGLARY – SONORA, CA

On 3/23/20, at approximately 5:00 a.m., a male subject in all black smashed a jewelry store’s window. The subject is believed to have used a metal pipe to break the window. After subject broke the window, he stole $20,000 worth of jewelry from the display. If you have any information regarding this subject, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

BURGLARY – PETERBOROUGH, NH

On 3/21/20, at approximately 3:20 a.m., two men smashed a jewelry store’s front door. They broke a glass case inside the store, stole several watches and then quickly left the store. If you have any information regarding the subjects involved, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

FINGERPRINTS LEAD POLICE TO ARREST – TRUMBULL, CT

On 3/22/20, Trumbull police arrested 25-year-old Brandon McLaughlin for stealing a $12,000 gold necklace from a jewelry store in Westfield Trumbull Mall last September. While McLaughlin was in the jewelry store, he asked to see a 24-inch 10 Karat gold chain. As soon as the employee removed the chain from the display case, McLaughlin grabbed it and fled from the store. While McLaughlin was in the store he tried on watches from various display cases. Trumbull police found fingerprints that were left on the display cases. The fingerprints were submitted to the Connecticut State Forensic Laboratory. The fingerprints were later matched to McLaughlin.