Tuesday, March 30, 1999

$4.5M lost in parking lot jewelry heist

Salesman held up leaving restaurant

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — Two cases of $4.5 million in gold, silver and diamond jewelry are still missing after a salesman was robbed in a restaurant parking lot earlier this month.

        Police said the jewelry was taken from an employee of a New York City firm shortly after he closed a show at Lazarus in Tri-County Mall, Springdale.

        Hamilton County Sheriff's Capt. Lloyd Zoellner said the 451 pieces of jewelry included gold and silver rings, pendants and necklaces. Salesman Richard Loebl of New York City, an employee of A. Levian and Co., told police he was getting into his car after dinner at PJ's on the Square, on Montgomery Road, just before 11 p.m. March 11 when a white, full-size van pulled up next to him.

        A man got out of the van and asked for the suitcases. No weapon was shown. Mr. Loebl told officers he let go of the cases and raised his hands.

        The van was last seen northbound on Montgomery Road toward I-275. The jewelry was common in style with no unusual or distinctive pieces, deputies said.

        The captain said Mr. Loebl had closed the show at the Tri-County Mall department store that night and had been provided security there by Springdale police.

        He apparently left the mall and went directly to the restaurant.


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