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A recent report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security shows that authorities nabbed $375 million in counterfeit jewelry and watches last year, compared with $342 million in fake wallets and bags. 
Police arrested five individuals wanted in connection with a smash-and-grab robbery in Colorado after the FBI received a tip that the suspects had been posting incriminating photos of themselves on Instagram.
While overall jewelry crime continued to trend downward in 2014, there was a spike in the number of smash-and-grab robberies due primarily to two large gangs.
The owner of Custom Jewelers Gallery in Greensboro is facing felony charges after he allegedly replaced real diamonds and gemstones with simulants in the ring of one elderly customer who also was a former employee of the store. 
Members of a Detroit-based robbery crew are charged with smashing display cases to steal Rolex watches from jewelry stores in six different states.
A judge in Erie, Pa. sentenced Paul Blarr, the jeweler charged with selling fake diamonds and plated gold as karat gold to customers for years, to 23 to 69 years behind bars Monday, The Buffalo News reports. 
Three men have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges stemming from their involvement in a violent kidnapping and jewelry store robbery in April 2013.  
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co., ISPS and Jewelers UnBlocked give pointers on having a safe trunk show during the holiday season and year-round.  
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