WEST STOCKBRIDGE, MA. - A robber in West Stockbridge was arrested after stolen jewelry was located and traced back to the perpetrator only one day after the theft was reported.
On October 22nd, the West Stockbridge Massachusetts Police Department enlisted the aid of the Albany County Dealers Association, after jewelry was reported stolen from a victim's home.
The Dealers Association sent out a bulletin right away, containing photographs of the three items of stolen jewelry.
Within one day, attentive staff at Olde Saratoga Coin recognized an antique art deco platinum diamond ring that exactly matched the description of photographs provided by the victim.
"We were happy to have been in a position to help," said the owner of Olde Saratoga Coin. "To the victim, this was a small miracle. To us it was more than that. It was an opportunity to show how dealers and police can cooperate to catch criminals."
New York State Police, in cooperation with the West Stockbridge Police, were subsequently able to locate the robber and make an arrest.
"It's really unbelievable that soon I will have this special piece of jewelry back in my possession," said the West Stockbridge burglary victim.
The Albany County Dealers Association presently maintains LERS, the Law Enforcement Reporting System, through which law enforcement agencies are able to send bulletins out to dealers throughout the Capital Region.
On November 13th the Albany County legislature is scheduled to vote on Local Law "G," which will put in place county-wide regulations governing the purchase of precious metals and secondhand articles.
"We have been requesting this type of cooperation from police," stated Albany County Dealers Association President Jason Pierce. "This is why. We know it works. We have a solid history of preventing property crime in Albany County and I am hopeful, as more agencies become familiar with our reporting systems, that the number of success stories only increases."