jewelry theft

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How Expert Jewel Thieves Got Taken Down—Twice

A retired Florida police detective realized the men were back at it ... again

(Newser) - The crimes were nearly perfect: Over six years beginning in 2011, small-town jewelry stores in Florida, generally located in strip malls, were hit. Their alarm systems were taken out with an electronic jamming device, the stores were accessed by cutting a "door" through the wall of a neighboring store'... More »

NYC Cops: We Nabbed Elderly Man Wanted for Years

Cops say octogenarian Samuel Sabatino would break into luxury apartments over summer break

(Newser) - It was the "unassuming demeanor, simple clothes, and large glasses" that police say helped the elderly man pull off his heists: more than $400,000 in jewelry and watches allegedly taken from New York City apartments over the past five years. The New York Times reports Samuel Sabatino, variously... More »

NFL Star Is Missing $500K in Jewelry and 2 Girlfriends

Le'Veon Bell tells police women stole the loot while he was at the gym

(Newser) - New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell is missing an estimated $520,000 in jewelry, and he told police that "both of his girlfriends" are the culprits, according to the police report . Bell claims the women stole the jewelry from his South Florida home while he was at... More »

Thieves Mix in With Crowd After Stealing Famed Jewels

'Incomparable' collection was on display in Venice

(Newser) - Thieves stole precious Indian jewels from the famed Al Thani Collection that were on show in a Venetian palace Wednesday, making off with a brooch and a pair of earrings by mixing in with the crowd on the final day of the exhibition, police say. The stolen jewels were not... More »

Enterprising Car Prowler Pulls Off Huge Jewelry Heist

Someone stole $900K in jewelry out of a car in San Francisco

(Newser) - Police don't often ask for the public's help to solve a car break-in, but then most cars aren't carrying nearly $1 million in jewelry. The San Francisco Chronicle reports someone smashed the windows of a Cadillac Escalade parked in San Francisco on Aug. 12 and stole two... More »

Notorious Jewel Thief Caught Shoplifting in Walmart

Cops say Doris Payne's latest theft was worth $86.22

(Newser) - A notorious jewel thief with an illicit career spanning six decades has been caught stealing again, but she wasn't after sparkly gems this time, police near Atlanta say. Doris Payne, 86, was arrested at a Walmart store around 5pm Monday and charged with shoplifting $86.22 worth of merchandise,... More »

Alanis Victim of 2nd Multimillion-Dollar Theft

Thieves made off with $2M from LA home

(Newser) - More bad luck for Alanis Morissette: Police say burglars broke into the Canadian singer's Los Angeles home and stole a safe containing $2 million in jewelry, the Los Angeles Times reports. Morissette, her husband, and their two children weren't home at the time of the Feb. 9 break-in... More »

$6M in Jewelry Stolen in New Year's Eve Heist

While 7,000 police officers were blocks away in Times Square

(Newser) - While 7,000 police officers kept a watchful eye on revelers ringing in the new year in Times Square, three men pulled off a major jewelry heist just blocks away, WGO reports. According to USA Today , police say three men entered a Manhattan building around 10pm New Year's Eve.... More »

'Granny Gem Thief' With 20 Arrests Adds Another

Doris Payne allegedly tried to steal $2K necklace in Atlanta

(Newser) - Her life of crime has involved more than 20 arrests on two continents over six decades—and, apparently, Doris Payne isn't done. The 86-year-old woman, dubbed the "granny gem thief," was arrested Tuesday at a mall in an Atlanta suburb where she's accused of trying to... More »

85-Year-Old: 'I Was a Thief. I'm Not Too Ashamed of It'

Jewelry pilferer Doris Payne opens up on longtime career

(Newser) - Doris Payne exudes an effortless elegance, her white hair neatly smoothed back and gold hoops dangling from her ears. She speaks calmly and deliberately, inspiring the kind of trust that would ease any jewelry store employee eager to make a high-dollar sale. And that's exactly how cops say the... More »

FBI Busts Woman, 24, in Jewelry-Robbing Spree

Abigail Lee Kemp suspected in robberies in 5 states

(Newser) - The string of jewelry-store robberies that spanned multiple states and involved the loss of millions of dollars' worth of diamonds and watches is now allegedly over, and a 24-year-old woman has been charged, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution . Abigail Lee Kemp was arrested Friday in Georgia and the FBI says... More »

Jewelry Thief's Crime Spree Spans 5 States

Woman and male accomplice have stolen $450K in bling: cops

(Newser) - A woman believed to be in her 20s or 30s held employees of a Jared Vault jewelry store in Mebane, NC, at gunpoint on Monday before making off with jewelry piled into a shopping bag. But this wasn't her first rodeo: The FBI says the same brunette has robbed... More »

Partying Knicks Player Lost $750K

Derrick Williams brought 2 woman back to his place; suitcase of jewelry went MIA

(Newser) - "I don't want to talk about it," is the reaction one might expect of someone who's unexpectedly found himself with $750,000 less on his hands, and this is indeed the sentiment of New York Knicks forward Derrick Williams. Williams was out celebrating a team victory... More »

3 Suspects Wanted in $1M Jewelry Heist

Heist may have been planned for weeks: cops

(Newser) - Santa Fe police say three thieves made off with more than $1 million in goods from a jewelry store while employees were distracted by a holiday celebration. A rep says two men and a woman took 11 items from an unlocked case inside Diva Diamonds & Jewels on the Santa... More »

Cops: 85-Year-Old Jewel Thief Strikes Again

She's in it for the game, not the money

(Newser) - Ten years ago, when she was 75 years old, Doris Payne swore she was done with a lifetime of pilfering jewels across two continents. Several arrests later, in 2013, she said again that she was leaving that life behind. But police say Payne, now 85, is at it again: She... More »

Alleged Jewelry Thieves Left Parting Gift in Guest Book

Tip: Don't leave contact info if you're going to lift valuables from an art gallery

(Newser) - Signing the guest book at a wedding or funeral: fine. Signing one at an art gallery you're accused of stealing from: not the best idea. That's what one Florida couple allegedly did Saturday night when they visited ICFA Gallery in Palm Beach, reportedly lifting the owner's gold... More »

Stolen Diamond Ring Found Inside Alleged Thief

'She continued to deny that it was there'

(Newser) - The missing 27th diamond ring from a botched jewelry store heist in Ohio was finally found—inside one of the alleged thieves, ABC News reports. Police say 61-year-old Macie Young and 57-year-old Leroy Bridgman robbed the store last week to the tune of more than $86,000 worth of diamond... More »

Woman Who Swallowed Stolen Ring Has to Retrieve It

Cops: 'We don't get paid enough' to do it

(Newser) - There are some things you just know are part of the job if you're in law enforcement: dealing with criminals, putting your life on the line, even tedious paperwork. But one thing that cops in Orem, Utah, don't consider part of their job description is sifting through a... More »

Paris Jewel Thief Caught After He Kissed Hostage

He was trying to 'ease her trauma,' but the DNA did him in

(Newser) - Ah, l'amour. Police have captured an admitted jewel thief in Paris, and all because he made the last-second mistake of planting a kiss on his hostage. In April the 20-year-old, identified only as "Pierre G," and an accomplice allegedly followed a 56-year-old jewelry store employee home, where... More »

Cannes Hit With $1M Jewelry Heist

Bling intended for the stars goes missing from hotel safe

(Newser) - If the Cannes red carpet looks a little less fabulous this year, blame jewel thieves. Someone made off with more than $1 million worth of jewelry that was supposed to be lent out to the stars yesterday, smashing the security box where it was being kept in a Novotel Hotel... More »

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