Multiple Pawn Robberies End with Fatalities this Week


This past Saturday, sometime between the hours of 8-9, Jackson police received a call that there had been a shooting at the local pawn store. Bill’s Pawn Jewelry Coin/Stamp Exchange faced a night unlike any other. Upon arrival, the police found the owner, Cleveland “Bill” Mosley, along with two employees Robert Ivy and Ted McLemore. The three elderly men were pronounced dead at the scene, each having been shot at least once.

Wednesday morning Jamison Layne Townsend and Joshua Garcia were taken into custody near Junction City, Kansas, according to the Geary County Sheriff’s Office and are being charged with a triple homicide.

3 days following the fatal robbery in Jackson, another heart-wrenching robbery occurred over 2,000 miles away in Vallejo, CA. At the Pawn Advantage shop, two men in dark hooded sweaters entered the store around 3:10 pm. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun. A short time later, the owner of the store was found shot to death along with his dog. Another employee of his was rushed to the hospital in critical condition from gunshot wounds.

These two tragic occurrences are a reminder of the importance of training employees on how to react in the event that a robbery takes place while they are on the clock.

Sapphire Risk Advisory Group has put together a 3-Step Guide on the best way to survive an armed robbery. 

The 1-2-3 of Surviving an Armed Robbery

“Officer, we’ve been robbed!” These four words will change your life forever.

Almost every day, we learn about a store being robbed. The cost to owners and insurance companies is substantial in financial losses, not even counting the loss to business revenues that may occur from adverse publicity. More alarming is the growing trend in violence during these robberies, which in some cases has led to employees and customers being seriously injured and even killed.

Unfortunately, robberies do happen regardless of the best prevention methods. More unfortunate is that most incidents are not solved by the police. Although your goal should always be to prevent these incidents from ever happening, following three basic steps could help you better respond to an armed robbery.

Read the 3 Steps Here

Written by: Heather Haney

Date: 12/22/16


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