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Local Jewelers Crime Alert Prevention Network in Kentucky nails suspects

Crime Alert courtesy of Jewelers’ Security Alliance

On May 13, 2010, Bill Brundage of Brundage Jewelers in Louisville, KY, a leader of a local crime prevention network for jewelers, sent out an alert to the group regarding a suspicious male who had been in his store looking at a high-end watch. Other stores exchanged reports that he had been in their stores and looked at large diamonds. The alert included excellent pictures of the suspect and his car, and gave the license plate number.

Terry Chambers of Prospect Jewelers in Prospect, KY, a member of the local group, received the alert and told the local police department, who came to her store just before the suspects arrived. The St. Matthews Police Department was also alerted and responded. During discussions by police with the suspicious male, burglar tools and a UPS uniform were found in his car, which contained another male suspect. Following further inquiry, the suspects were found to be serial thieves wanted in two states, and the suspects were taken into custody. Property valued in excess of $100,000 was recovered.

Recommendations: Bill Brundage says: “Jewelers who are members of local networks must remember to keep their contact information and e-mail addresses current with the network leader.” He also wisely recommends that jewelers need to tell the leader when suspicious incidents occur, and shouldn’t keep this information to themselves.

Terry Chambers says: “Every owner, jeweler and store manager in the country should take this lesson to heart and set up these early warning systems that will help protect everyone in our industry. Where safety and the security of our families and employees are involved, no one should think about holding back involvement due to any thought of competition.”

Jewelers’ Security Alliance believes this is a textbook case of the benefit of having a local crime prevention network for jewelers and police. JSA sends its highest praise and congratulations to the jewelers and police departments involved. Well done!