Thieves that targeted Kay, Zales shipments still on the loose

Other jewelers want the crooks caught

Thieves who took off with tens of thousands of dollars in stolen jewelry are still on the loose. 8 On Your Side stories about missing wedding rings and family heirlooms sparked a Tampa Police investigation. But even months after the jewelry was stolen, the parent company for Kay Jewelers and Zales still hasn’t filed a police report.

The company, Sterling Jewelry, told 8 On Your Side the jewelry was stolen after it was shipped with either FedEx or UPS. Only UPS, though, has filed a police report. Tampa Police Detective Lisa Parashis said UPS informed detectives of at least three stolen boxes, packed with a combined 50 pieces of jewelry. The jewels, shipped from Wiregrass to Citrus Park in Hillsborough County, were stolen on their way back.

“Someone opened the exterior box, went into the interior box, took the jewelry out and then re-packaged the exterior box,” Parashis said. Det. Parashis can’t find any other police report and questions why. The 8 On your Side investigation found victims from both Kay and Zales, and in Manatee County as well as Hillsborough.

Sterling Jewelry has said it is working with law enforcement but has refused to say which agency. Parashis, however, has been unable to locate a police report at another agency. She said this is a difficult case. “It makes (it) very difficult in a case like this because, for one, just identifying who are victims (is tough),” she said.

The ongoing investigation makes other jewelers, like Julie Weintraub of Gold and Diamond Source, nervous. “The company should cooperate with police because they can run reports and check and see if those items are sold at another jewelry store,” Weintraub said.

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