The story described below is of a robbery of a Baltimore jewelry store that occurred in January of 2013. The origins of the plot began in November of 2012. This was right around the time when we started tracking a transition in the methods used by criminals who were committing jewelry crime.
In the news report, a group of jewelry criminals spent months and used GPS tracking devices and extensive surveillance to target Antony jewelers in the Baltimore area. These types of organized jewelry crimes like the one in the news report have historically been committed by SATGs (South American Theft Groups) or as they are better known in the jewelry industry - the “Colombians”. These groups primarily targeted traveling jewelers as they crisscrossed the country. However, as travelers began to ship more and more of their jewelry rather than carrying it over the road with them, SATGs and other organized criminals were forced to make a change. They adapted the successful methods that they used to target the traveling salesperson and began exploiting the retail environment with the same successful methods.