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Crimes against U.S. jewelry firms last year resulted in losses of nearly $100 million

Source: Annie Blanco/SECURITYWORLDNEWS.com

According to the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, crimes against U.S. jewelry firms last year resulted in losses of nearly $100 million.  That number is one reason why the FBI has assigned a task force to help solve the problem of jewel theft.

“This type of theft is something of a unique crime category for the FBI,” said Special Agent Frank Aimaro, who supervises the Jewelry and Gem Task Force in Los Angeles in conjunction with the LAPD.  “It’s a serious issue, resulting in substantial losses.”

A case in point happened in Columbus, Ohio where a jewelry salesman stopped at a restaurant after attending a trade show.  He was sitting in his car in the parking lot when a vehicle pulled up behind him.  Masked men then jumped out of the vehicle, shattered the salesman’s driver-side window, and held him while their accomplices smashed the back window and grabbed two suitcases with gems worth $3.7 million.

Read more: http://www.securityworldnews.com/2010/07/19/u-s-jewel-theft/

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