LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The FBI in Arkansas has joined a
regional investigation of million-dollar robberies in the parking
lots of jewelry stores, hotels and restaurants.
The latest daytime heist was Tuesday in Little Rock in which
thieves made off with $500,000 in jewelry.
Agents say that robbery, matching two others last month in Pine
Bluff and Nashville, Tennessee, is similar to thefts in Houston of
jewelry worth at least 3.5 million dollars.
In Houston, police report at least six robberies of jewelry
salesmen and couriers since April, with one May theft netting
nearly 1.5 million dollars in diamonds.
Officers say the thieves used pepper spray, pistol-whipping and
knives to threaten their victims.
FBI and police suspect the thefts could be part of what the
bureau refers to as "South American Theft Groups" targeting
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