Gemstone Theft Increases in North Texas – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
At the Frisco subdivision, neighbors are taking notice as police warn of a string of jewelry thefts for the second time in a year.
“It’s becoming a predictable pattern,” said a neighbor, who requested anonymity for safety reasons.
A man living in the village of Stone Lake said the crime was targeting older women in South Asia, including his mother-in-law.
He said it happened last August when his in-laws were visiting from India.
“They were walking down this particular road and there were already cars patrolling. I think they were just looking to see who the ideal target would be,” he said.
A black Chevrolet Traverse caught on a neighbor’s ring camera stopped the elderly couple at the intersection of Medallion Lane and Starry Night Lane, he said.
A male driver distracted his father-in-law by asking for directions to the hospital for his pregnant wife.
“He literally pushed my stepfather’s head into the car,” he said.
During that time, the woman jumped out and hugged her mother-in-law, he said.
“She said, ‘You look like my mother,’ and started screaming all sorts of affection and putting all sorts of fake jewelry on her. “It wasn’t in this neighborhood,” he said.
Minutes after the couple parted ways, his mother-in-law discovered that the woman had stolen his gold necklace, a prized wedding gift, during the meeting.
Frisco Police have reported nine similar crimes since early March.
They advise people to keep their eyes open, walk in groups, and keep jewelry and other valuables away from the scene.
Suspicious activity can be reported to the Frisco Police Department at 972-292-6010. Tips can also be sent anonymously by texting FRISCOPD and 847411 (tip411) or by downloading the Frisco PD app.