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JSA Reward for Texas Grab-and-Run Suspect Doubled to $5K

CrimeAug 29, 2022

JSA Reward for Texas Grab-and-Run Suspect Doubled to $5K

A warrant for his arrest has been issued after he stole a 3.4-carat diamond ring in McAllen on Aug. 22.

After a retailer matched its original reward of $2,500, Jewelers’ Security Alliance is now offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of this suspect, wanted for a string of grab-and-run robberies in Texas.
New York—The reward for information leading to the arrest of a grab-and-run suspect in Texas has been doubled after he struck again. 
 
Jewelers’ Security Alliance alerted its members via email Aug. 18 about a suspect believed to have carried out multiple grab-and-run-robberies over the last few weeks, noting it was offering a $2,500 reward for information.

At that time, robberies had occurred in Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio from Aug. 1-15. 
 
But on Thursday, Aug. 25, JSA sent out another email alert, noting the reward had been doubled after the suspect carried out another grab-and-run of a 3.4-carat round diamond ring in McAllen on Monday, Aug. 22. 
 
Dollar losses from his crimes amount to $500,000, JSA said. 
 
An arrest warrant has been issued by the McAllen Municipal Court for the suspect, who has now been named as Emmanuel Shaft Thompson, 28.
 
He is described as 5 feet 6 inches and 160 pounds. 
 
Thompson was seen leaving the parking lot in McAllen in a white Kia Optima with no front or back plates, accompanied by a black male and a driver accomplice.
 
A retail jeweler has matched JSA’s original reward of $2,500, bringing the total reward to as much as $5,000 for information leading to his arrest. 
 
Those with information can contact JSA at 212-687-0328 or jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org. Identities will be kept confidential.
 
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Brecken Branstratoris the senior editor, gemstones at National Jeweler, covering sourcing, pricing and other developments in the colored stone sector.
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