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.