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GRAB AND RUN – HOUSTON, TX

On 11/13/18, at approximately 12:00 p.m., a subject entered a jewelry store and asked to see a 2 ct. round certified diamond. Once the diamond was in his hand, the subject fled from the store. The subject was described as a Black male in his 20’s. He is 5’8” and weighs 150 lbs. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

GRAB AND RUN – BIRMINGHAM, AL

On 11/9/18, at approximately 10:45 a.m., a male subject entered a jewelry store and stated he wanted to look at engagement rings. He was shown several rings from a display case. Once he gained possession of the first ring, he asked to see another ring to compare it to. The sales associate placed the second ring on the subject’s finger. The subject looked at the ring and stated “yeah, this is what I want” and then fled from the store. The subject was described as a Black male in his early 20’s. He is 5’10” and has a thin build. He has a tattoo of the name “Daneshia” on his finger on his right hand. He also has a tattoo of a spider web on the back of his left hand. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

GUNPOINT ROBBERY – CLEVELAND, OH

 On 11/10/18, at approximately 10:16 a.m., a male subject entered a jewelry store and asked to see watches. The subject then exited the store and returned five minutes later carrying a plastic bag. He approached the sales associates and told them he wanted to purchase the watch he previously viewed. As the sales associate reached for her case keys, the subject jumped over the counter and pulled an automatic handgun. He then demanded the sales associates to go to the back room and lay on the floor. The subject then attempted to smash display cases with the butt of his gun but failed to breach the case. He then went into the back room and retrieved a set of keys from the safe. He proceeded to open the watch display case and the gold display case. He removed merchandise and then fled from the store. The subject was described as a 6’1” Hispanic male. He weighs 185 lbs and had bleached blonde hair. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and dark blue jeans. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

 

GUNPOINT ROBBERY – TANNERSVILLE, PA

On 11/2/18, at approximately 10:30 a.m., a male subject entered a jewelry store wearing a realistic mask. He disguised himself to appear as a Hispanic male. He also wore sunglasses, gloves and a hat. The subject asked to see high-end watches. Before the sales associate could assist him, he brandished a gun and pointed it at the sales associate. He demanded a second sales associate open the cases. The subject removed numerous bridal pieces and high-end watches. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

SMASH & GRAB SUBJECT ARRESTED – BUFFALO, NY

On 11/6/18, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York announced that 23-year-old Davonta Hill of Detroit, MI has been charged with Hobbs Act robbery and conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery. Hill and three accomplices are accused of stealing high-end watches from a jewelry store in Amherst, NY on 2/2/18. The value of the stolen watch was $400,000. The Hobbs Act disallows robberies that interfere with interstate or foreign commerce. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

GRAB AND RUN – EL PASO, TX

On 11/4/18, at approximately 5:40 p.m., a subject entered a jewelry store and asked to see engagement rings. He was shown several pieces. The subject specifically asked to see the 1 3/8 ct. round engagement ring set. The sales associate handed him the set and the subject asked to compare it to another set. Once the sales associate took the second set out of the case, the subject grabbed the piece from her hand and fled with both pieces. The subject was described as a Hispanic male. He is 5’9” and weighs 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing gray sweatpants, a black hoodie, and a baseball hat. He also has a thin mustache. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

GRAB AND RUN – GLENDALE, AZ

On 10/29/18, at approximately 1:20 p.m., a subject entered a jewelry store and asked to see what a certain gold chain would look like with a crucifix charm. The sales associate put the charm on the chain. As the associate was about to put the chain around the subject’s neck, the subject grabbed it and fled from the store with both items. The subject was described as a 6-foot tall Hispanic male. He has a black beard and wore a black Arizona Cardinals hat. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and gray pants. He also has a tattoo on his left hand and left ankle. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

TWO DIAMOND DEALERS CONVICTED FOR $12 MILLION FRAUD – NEW YORK, NY

On 10/24/18, diamond dealers – Sholom Muratov and Menachem Abramov were convicted of conspiring to defraud diamond sellers in Mumbai, India out of more than $12 million. The group specialized in “bust outs,” which is a type of scam that involves a con-artist building credit with a diamond dealer. The con-artist then takes the dealer’s diamonds on credit and does not pay for them. The perpetrators of this scheme typically targeted melee diamonds because they are harder to trace. The fraudulently obtained diamonds where then sold in New Yorck City’s Diamond District.  Ten other individuals have pleaded guilty in connection with this fraud. Muratov and Menachem will be sentenced in March 2019. They face 20 years in prison.

GRAB AND RUN – VINELAND, NJ

On 10/30/18, at approximately 3:00 p.m., a subject entered a jewelry store and asked to look at gold chains. As soon as the subject had the 24” gold chain on his neck, he turned and fled from the store. The subject was last seen wearing blue jeans and a tan leather jacket with a flower tattoo on his right hand. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.

GRAB AND RUN – ELYRIA, OH

On 10/31/18, at approximately 10:35 a.m., a subject entered a jewelry store and stated he was looking for earrings for his wife’s 53rd birthday. The subject said he wanted to see single diamond earrings that were princess cut. The associate pulled a pair of 1 ct. princess cut earrings from the display case. The subject then asked the employee for the price. Before the employee showed him the price, the subject asked to see a pair of 1.5 ct. solitaire earrings. At this point, the subject had possession of the princess cut earrings. The subject then grabbed the pair from the employee’s hand and fled from the store. The subject was described as a 47-year-old Black male with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a gray zip-up jacket and blue jeans. If you have any information regarding this subject, please call the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at 212-687-0328.