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10 ARRESTS MADE IN JEWELRY STORE BURGLARY – LOUISVILLE, KY

On 6/4/20 shortly after 1:10 a.m., seven adults and three juveniles were arrested for committing a burglary at a retail jewelry store. At the time of the crime, a sergeant from the Louisville Metro Police Department was on patrol and saw several suspicious vehicles outside the store. The sergeant then found that the store was being looted. Several suspects fled on foot and some fled in cars. When police tried to stop one of the cars on the parkway, the driver sped off and drove at speeds that reached more than 100 miles per hour. The car crashed in front of a mall. At least one of the suspects in the car was arrested after a foot chase. Several other suspects were found in the parking lot of a hotel across the street from the jewelry store. Click here to view the names of the suspects.

RETIRED POLICE CAPTAIN KILLED BY LOOTERS – ST. LOUIS, MO

On 6/2/20, at approximately 2:30 a.m., 77-year-old retired police Captain, David Dorn, was shot and killed outside of a jewelry pawn shop. Dorn assisted the owners of the business by utilizing his law enforcement training. He provided security for the business. When the store’s alarm would go off, Dorn would respond to asses the situation. Dorn spent 38 years with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department before he became the police chief in Moline Acres, MO. Click here to watch videos of Dorn’s former colleagues and family praising his service to his community.

WEBINAR: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR STORE, AND YOURSELF, IN THE MIDST OF RIOTS AND LOOTING

On June 2, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., EST John Kennedy, President of Jewelers’ Security Alliance conversed with Michelle Graff, Editor-in-Chief of National Jeweler, about advice JSA had offered following a weekend of riots and looting in cities across the country.

Click here to watch the webinar

 

 

LOOTERS TARGET JEWELRY STORES ACROSS THE COUNTRY

6/1/20 – Looters have targeted several jewelry stores across the US over the past several days. Click here to read about a few of these incidents. The Jewelers Security Alliance has released a crime alert on Security Advice in Case of Rioting and Looting. Click here to heed the advice.

MAN BELIEVED TO BE LOOTER SHOT DEAD DURING RIOT – MINNEAPOLIS, MN

On 5/27/20, at approximately 9:05 p.m., a jewelry pawn shop owner shot and killed a man he said was looting his business. A 59-year-old man was booked into the Hennepin County Jail on suspicion of committing the shooting. The jewelry store is located approximately 10 blocks away from the 3rd Minneapolis Police Precinct, which was a site where protesters and rioters converged outside. Click here to learn more about what precipitated this event.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY FINDS OFFICER’S USE OF FORCE JUSTIFIED – AUSTIN, TX

On 5/27/20, the office of the Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore concluded its review of an officer involved shooting at a jewelry store on 7/29/18. On that date, at approximately 4:00 a.m., officers from the Sunset Valley Police Department responded to a burglary alarm. Upon their arrival, Officer Oscar Lopez saw a white four-door sedan parked in front of the store. As Officer Lopez approached the vehicle, a male suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Marc Antoine Carillo came out of the store and attempted to enter the vehicle. Click here to watch a video clip to find out what happened next.

JSA WEBINAR ON STORE RE-OPENINGS & COVID-19 – NEW YORK, NY

On 5/27/20, at 12:00 p.m. EDT, John Kennedy, President of Jewelers’ Security Alliance offered live, online advice on security for store re-openings. The webinar discussed such Covid-19 related issues as masks and curbside delivery. There was also a question and answer period.

The webinar is one in a series presented by the Couture Jewelry Show. Click here to watch a recording of the webinar.

SUSPECTS ARRESTED AFTER $150K SMASH & GRAB – TRACY, CA

Two men who are believed to have worn N95 masks during a smash & grab robbery in Tracy, CA on 5/7/20 were recently arrested.  On the day of the crime, the suspects entered a store and proceeded to use a mallet to smash display cases. They stole approximately $150,000 worth of jewelry. The suspects were later identified as 30-year-old Jeffrey Potter and 28-year-old Richard Hoffman. Click here to see pictures of the suspects.

TWO THIEVES IDENTIFIED AFTER $69K THEFT – LANCASTER, PA

East Lampeter Township police have issued arrest warrants for Danilo Enrique Carrasco-Velazquez, 56 and Patricia Andrea Rubio-Elgueta, 47. The two suspects and an unidentified man stole nearly $70,000 worth of jewelry from a department store last June. The suspects broke into a jewelry display case and removed 40 pieces of jewelry. The suspects have committed similar crimes throughout the country. Click here to see pictures of the suspects. If you have any information regarding these suspects, please email the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org .

TWO ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY – BRENTWOOD, CA

On 5/15/20, the Brentwood Police Department arrested two suspects who attempted to burglarize a jewelry store. The jewelry store stated that their security system caught a subject attempting to break into the store on Friday. The subject returned Saturday. At approximately 1:40 a.m. two suspects were arrested. They were identified as Charlie Bland, 54 and Barbara Rivera, 30. The suspects were found to be in possession of burglary tools.