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FIFTH ROBBERY SUSPECT SENTENCED – MCALLEN TX

On 9/12/19, a judge sentenced 34-year-old robber Alberto Rafael Barrera to nine years in prison. Barrera pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated robbery for his involvement in a jewelry store robbery on July 28, 2019. On that date, seven masked suspects entered a jewelry store in McAllen, TX and proceeded to smash glass showcases. They targeted high-end watches. Four off-duty police officers arrived at the jewelry store quickly and proceeded to detain the suspects and secure the crime scene. Five of the robbers have received sentences ranging from 9 to 25 years.

DISTRACTION THIEVES ARRESTED – STAUNTON, VA

On 4/7/19, two suspects identified as Adrian Stoica, 40, and Sofia Brastas, 36, were arrested by law enforcement in Arlington, VA. The suspects were apprehended based on charges filed by the New York State Police. Stoica and Brastas are alleged to have committed a jewelry theft from a store in New York. The suspects are believed to have committed various jewelry thefts in other jurisdictions. They were also charged with felony grand larceny for stealing a necklace from a jewelry store in Staunton, VA on 7/24/19.

GRAB AND RUN – CALUMET CITY, IL

On 9/10/19, at approximately 1:45 p.m., a male subject entered into a jewelry store and immediately requested to see a diamond ring. The sales associate reached into the showcase to remove the item. The subject then reached over and snatched the ring from his hand and fled. The subject was described as a 245 lb. Black male. He is 6’1” and has a medium build. The subject also has a mustache. He was last seen wearing a red cap with sunglasses, a turquoise long sleeve puma t-shirt, and black cargo pants. If you have any information regarding this subject’s identity, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

ATTEMPTED SMASH & GRAB – TAYLOR, MI

On 9/9/19, at approximately 2:35 p.m., two subjects entered a jewelry store. The first subject was armed with a sledgehammer and a second subject wore gloves and a surgical mask. He also carried a bag. The first subject smashed the front of the gents diamond rings showcase. After he was unable to breach the case, he moved to another ring showcase. He smashed the front of that showcase. Before he could gain access to the jewelry, mall security arrived and the subjects fled. The subjects carried a red duffle bag and a surgical mask. They were seen fleeing into an older model white Chrysler 300 with Michigan plates.

The first subject is 6 feet tall. He has a dark complexion and a medium to heavy build. He is approximately 250 lbs. He has short braids in his hair.

The second subject is 6’3” and has a thin build. He weighs approximately 170 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie with a hood pulled over his face. He also wore a surgical mask. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

ROBBER KILLED BY POLICE – GLENDORA, CA

On 9/6/19, at approximately 12:15 p.m., two male subjects committed an armed robbery at a jewelry store in Glendora, CA. After robbing the store, the subjects escaped through the back. A female subject waited in a vehicle, she was detained and then arrested. After searching the area, officers found one of the subjects believed to be involved in the robbery. He was shot and killed by police.

The second subject is at large. He was described as being a black male with a thin build. He has short dreadlocks and the sides of his head were shaved. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

DISTRACTION THEFT – TRUMBULL, CT

On 9/5/19, at approximately 12:35 p.m., a female subject accompanied a male subject to a jewelry kiosk in a mall. The subjects expressed interest in rings. The sales associate presented two rings using the presentation pad. The female subject proceeded to try on both rings. During the presentation, the female subject dropped both rings on the floor. The sales associate observed the female subject pick up both rings and return a CZ on the presentation pad. The associate also saw the subject conceal the CZ ring in her left rear pocket. When the sales associate said she saw the subject put the heart ring in her pocket, the female subject denied having the ring. The male acted as if he did not know what happened. He began searching for the ring, but he was led away from the kiosk by the female subject.

The male subject is White, 5’8” and has a heavy build. He is approximately 60-years-old. The female subject is 5’2” and has a medium build. She is approximately 63-years-old. She had short blond hair. If you have any information regarding these subjects, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

ROBBERS ARRESTED – PHENIX CITY, AL

On 8/30/19, the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force along with Phenix City Police Department Authorities arrested 40-year-old Quintrell Thomas Martin in Birmingham, AL. Martin’s accomplice, 34-year-old Willie James Calhoun, was also arrested on 8/22/19. The duo committed a gunpoint robbery at a jewelry store in Phenix City, Al on 8/14/19.

GRAB & RUN – LAKE GROVE, NY

On 9/1/19, at approximately 4:45 p.m., a subject entered a jewelry store and asked to look at multiple items. The sales associate showed the subject a necklace and a bracelet. Both items were on the front counter. As the sales associate went to open the case, to put the merchandise away, the subject grabbed the items off of the countertop and fled from the area. The subject was described as a Black male wearing a navy blue sweater, blue jeans, and a Nike baseball hat. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

ROBBERY SUSPECTS ARRESTED – MODESTO, CA

On 8/27/19, 22-year-old Phelan Parker was taken into custody. Parker allegedly committed a smash and grab robbery of a jewelry store in Modesto, CA on 8/25/19. Parker, along with his accomplices, Kyrin McKenzie, 23, and 28-year-old Wilfredo Robles Jr. are suspected of carrying out the brazen crime, which initially was reported as shots fired. The subjects used sledgehammers to break display cases, which some mistook for gunshots.

Parker was arrested during a traffic stop. McKenzie was arrested on 8/28/19. Robles Jr. is still at large. If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

GUNPOINT ROBBERY – SARASOTA, FL

On 8/28/19, at approximately 2:09 p.m., a male subject entered a jewelry store and approached the counter containing high-end watches. The subject requested to see watches. He looked at several and then placed them on a display case. As store employees placed the watches into the case, the subject lifted his shirt to reveal a gun tucked in his waistline. He ordered associates to give him high-end watches. He pointed at the watches he wanted and the employee handed him the watches. The subject then fled on foot. The subject is a heavy-set White male. He was last seen wearing a purple sweatshirt with sunglasses and a black cap. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.