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Georgia jewelers, Crime Stoppers form partnership

November 26, 2013

Atlanta--The Georgia Jewelers Association (GJA) has partnered with Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta to offer rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of people committing crimes against the jewelry industry, the GJA just announced.

The partnership will ask the Atlanta community--citizens, media and law enforcement--to work toward making communities safer by identifying the people committing crimes and getting them off the streets, GJA said.

When a jewelry crime is committed anywhere in Georgia, law enforcement officials will have the opportunity to request the posting of a reward to help solve the crime. In addition, the GJA will have the ability to increase the reward for member stores.

“For a number of years we have seen an escalation of crimes against the jewelry community both from the opportunistic criminal and organized groups,” said GJA President Jan Fergerson. “It is our hope that a creation of a reward program will encourage these criminals to think twice before committing a crime against a GJA member jeweler in the future.”

Last June, Fergerson said, Villa Rica jeweler Mitch Mobley of Mobley Jewelry Co. lost his life when, allegedly, four men armed with hammers entered his store to steal jewelry. A shooting followed and Mobley was hit and killed.

Since its inception in 2007, Crime Stoppers Atlanta has received 10,986 tips that have resulted in 650 arrests and 830 cleared cases.

Fergerson said the idea to partner with Crime Stoppers was suggested by Stark Harbour, president of William Adams & Associates Inc., a commercial and personal insurance company. Harbour also is an agent with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.