Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Crime Doesn't Pay

They should post these at the borders of Oakland

I live near Oakland California and I have to admit that it isn’t the safest city in the Bay Area. In fact I will not go there unless absolutely necessary and even then, never after dark. So when I found out that the FBI had busted a jewelry theft ring based out of Oakland I wasn’t too surprised. This is the kind of thing that is par for the course in Oakland.


Apparently, this theft ring would find people on Craig’s List who were selling expensive jewelry. They would convince them to meet and fly them to Oakland airport and even pick them up in a limousine giving the impression that these were wealthy buyers. Then the jewelry thieves would take the jewelry, sometimes assaulting the owners. This is why sellers have to be careful.


Another common sight in Oakland
The FBI has implicated a jewelry store in Oakland, Highline Jewelry and the leader has been arrested, a Michael Martin of Tracy California. The six man team had been running this scam for about a year so there are numerous victims. While I’m very glad that no one was seriously hurt during these thefts, it makes me wonder how smart some of these sellers behaved.


First rule of thumb, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true. Who would fly someone to another state and pick them up in a limo? That’s a lot of money for a two carat diamond ring. My advice, if you need to sell your jewelry find a local jeweler who has been around a long time and has developed a good reputation. Ask your friends who they would go to if they were selling. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Always bring your Ninja cat for protection

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