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Jewelry and Gem Theft


There are three good reasons why the FBI investigates jewelry and gem theft.

First, the thefts usually cross state and even national boundaries—so they need a federal agency with offices across the nation and overseas to investigate these highly mobile jewelry thieves. Second, these crimes are increasingly committed by organized criminal enterprises or “theft groups” that likewise require a federal agency with tough laws and with offices across the U.S. and overseas to bust. And third, these theft groups are often involved in other kinds of organized crime activities already under scrutiny by the FBI.

Our program—created in 1992—offers investigative assistance and intelligence on theft groups to law enforcement and partners with the jewelry industry to create a unified and coordinated approach to this crime threat.

In Depth

Inside the Program
- Overview
- Crime Groups 
- Statutes/FBI Jurisdiction

Related FBI Websites
- Art Theft
- Gangs

- Bling Rings: Targeting Global Jewel Thieves
- Gate Cutters Theft Case
- Protecting Our National Treasures

Additional Resources
- Jewelers’ Security Alliance
- Gemological Institute of America