STOCKTON, CA - The Stockton Police Department says seven gold jewelry thefts were committed in just over two hours on Monday, one of which resulted in a man's death.
The high price of gold, and ease with which one can sell it, have contributed to the rising rate of gold thefts in the area recently, authorities believe.
Following is a list in chronological order of Monday's thefts. There have been no arrests. It wasn't yet known if any of the crimes were committed by the same thieves.
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Street and Turnpike Road
Description: A 13-year-old girl was walking home from school when two men pulled up in a black two-door sedan, possibly a Lincoln or Chrysler. According to the police report, one of the men approached the teen, grabbed the gold necklace from her neck and fled.
One of the suspected robbers was described as a black man, 20 years old, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall with a thin build and short hair. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white design.
The other man was described as a "fat" black man wearing a white T-shirt.
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: 9000 block of West Lane
Description: A 17-year-old girl was walking near the 9000 block of West Lane when two men approached her from behind, and after a struggle, ripped her gold necklace from around her neck, said Stockton police. The men then fled south on West Lane
One of the alleged culprits was described as a black man, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall. He wore a white T-shirt and blue jeans.
The other man was described as black, 19 to 20 years old, with a thin build.
Time: 3:05 p.m.
Location: 4300 block of McDougald Boulevard
Description: A woman, 46, was sitting in front of her house when two men approached her and grabbed two necklaces off her neck. The men then fled south on McDougald Blvd. in a cream color four-door sedan.
One of the men was described as black, in his 20s, approximately 5 feet 7 inches" tall and wearing a white T-shirt and black pants.
His alleged accomplice was described as an Hispanic man in his 20s, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall.
Time: 3:05 p.m.
Location: 500 block of W. Oak Street
Description: A Stockton police report stated that a 42-year-old woman and her husband were sitting in their vehicle in front of their house on W. Oak St. when a man reached through the open passenger window and grabbed the woman's earrings and gold chain. The woman's husband fought with the thief and was able to recover the gold chain.
The suspected robber was described as a black man, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with short black curly hair. He wore a red T-shirt and black shorts. He was last seen running north on Harrison Street.
Time: 3:08 p.m.
Location: 1500 block Picardy Drive
Description: Stockton police officers responded to Victory Park and found a 60-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. The man was was transported to a local hospital where he died of his injuries. Stockton police later confirmed the man had been robbed for his gold chain.
Police described the suspected killers as two Hispanic or black males in their late teens. Both were described as wearing hooded sweatshirts. They were last seen running south on Columbia Avenue and then east on Poplar Street toward Pershing Avenue.
Time: 3:50 p.m.
Location: 101 E. Lincoln Road
Description: A 34-year-old woman was sitting in her car at Angel Cruz Park when a man approached and demanded her necklace. The man then reached inside the woman's car and ripped her necklace from her neck, according to police. The suspected robber then got into a four-door import type car driven by an unidentified individual and fled east from the park.
The man who allegedly stole the chain was described as black, in his 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing 170 pounds. His hair was short and black. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans at the time, according to the police report.
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: 8200 block of Kiltie Way
Description: A 52-year-old man was taking his trash can out to the curb when two individuals approached him and attempted to rip his gold chain from his neck. The victim struggled with one of the men until the other man pulled out a handgun and pointed it at him, according to Stockton police.
The man surrendered and the individual with whom he had been struggling ripped the necklace off his neck, then fled westbound on Highmoor with his accomplice, police said.
The first suspected robber was listed as a black man, approximately 20 years old, 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt and black shorts.
The man with the gun was described as a 20-year-old black man, 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was also wearing a red T-shirt and black shorts.
Anyone with information on any of these events was urged to contact the Stockton Police Department.
Since March, police say there have been 205 victims of gold jewelry thefts. There have been 21 arrests. See the accompanying .pdf file for statistics on the victims targeted and who has been committing the crimes.