On Saturday June 8, 2013, the owner of Michael’s Jewelers in Franklin stated that a prospective customer came in to the store wanting to buy jewelry, specifically a ring. He was described as a dark-skinned, Hispanic male, approximately 5'7", in his early thirties, wearing blue jeans, a dark colored jacket, and baseball cap.
At approximately 1:05PM, while the above-described male was in the store, the complainant and a friend of the complainant began to remove several pieces of jewelry from the display cases to secure them in a different location. While securing the merchandise the male grabbed the bag filled with jewelry and exited the store. The complainant reported that the male got into a gold -colored Nissan Altima which was later found to be stolen from Newburgh New York. That vehicle has been recovered on Oak Street in Franklin.
The jewelry taken is reported to be valued between $250,000-$500,000.
The suspect may be operating a 2006 four door black SAAB. He frequents this area as well as the New York area Pleasant Valley NY and the City of Poughkeepsie, NY as well as Newburgh, NY.
Through the course of the investigation it appears that this male has been looking into several jewelry stores in the Franklin and Sussex County area using the name Ali Samir.
New York State Police along with Vernon Police Detective Bill Gebhart have been assisting the Detective Bureau in Franklin. All New Jersey and New York Law Enforcement officers are aware of the incident and are actively looking for the suspect. It is still undetermined if more suspects are involved.
Detectives are following all leads in New Jersey and New York and will continue to investigate the incident until the individual(s) responsible are identified and charged.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Franklin Borough Police Department 973-827-7700