November 1, 2012 |
OSCAR ROBINSON was the man to see on the second floor of a store in the area around Philadelphia's famous Jewelers Row. He was the man whom other jewelers started climbing the stairs to see, bringing with them jewelry that needed repairing. As his reputation grew, more and more jewelers climbed those stairs. He became known as "the man behind the man. " Oscar C. Robinson Sr., a 60-year master jeweler, who both repaired and made jewelry for an expandsive list of patrons that included customers overseas and some prominent celebrities, died Oct. 25. He was 85 and lived in Mount Airy.
September 28, 2007 |
Philadelphia icon Bailey Banks & Biddle, founded in 1832, is being sold for $200 million to a retailer with ambitions to grow its luxury-jewelry business, Finlay Enterprises Inc. Bailey Banks, which has four Philadelphia-area stores among its 70 stores in 24 states, has been owned since 1962 by Texas retailer Zale Corp., which said yesterday that it wanted to concentrate on its more profitable divisions. The sale "is consistent with our strategy to focus on our core moderate-jewelry business and to improve our returns on capital," Zale vice president and treasurer David Sternblitz said yesterday.
April 4, 2000 |
Conspiracy? What conspiracy? Anthony J. Gricco and William T. McCardell, the men accused of leading a four-year plunder of airport parking receipts, testified yesterday that they knew nothing about the scam and had nothing to do with it. They denied accusations by 10 former subordinates at the airport parking lots, who fingered Gricco as the boss of a scheme that used counterfeit parking tickets to filch thousands of dollars a day from early...
February 15, 1999 |
William Tilghman Collison, 82, who selected and purchased gemstones for some of the area's most prestigious jewelers and wealthiest families, died of an acute respiratory infection Thursday at Springfield Hospital in Springfield, Delaware County. He was living in Rutledge at the time of his death, but previously lived in Lansdowne and the Collingdale-Glenolden area. Mr. Collison was a self-employed certified gemologist and president of Collison Brothers Inc. in Philadelphia.
January 2, 1997 |
They could have stayed home, on the sofa, eyes glued to the tube, mesmerized by the Gator Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, the Citrus Bowl, the Rose Bowl. They could have lounged at the Pub in Nordstrom's men's department and watched the Outback Bowl while their wives enjoyed a facial at the makeup counters or admired diamonds at Bailey Banks & Biddle. Instead, many men tore themselves away from yesterday's bowl games to spend some quality time shopping (that's right, shopping) with their wives and families.
February 16, 1996 |
They had a distinctive modus operandi and a taste for diamonds, federal prosecutors say. In a rash of smash-and-grab robberies, they drove up to the targeted jewelry store in a van and stole a car parked nearby for use as a getaway vehicle. Then they barged in, smashed display cases, grabbed diamond rings and ran. A federal grand-jury indictment released yesterday says four Philadelphia men stole $670,000 worth of gems from stores in the city and in Lancaster, Maple Shade, Indiana and Wisconsin from November 1994 to last July.
September 3, 1993 |
An armed, uniformed guard hovers just inside the entrance of J.E. Caldwell's store in Center City, politely greeting customers. Subtle as he tries to be, he's an unsettling sight for loyal customers of the 154-year-old store, one of Philadelphia's last outposts of old-money, very expensive good taste. But "The idea of being subtle - those days are gone," sighed John Hunter, president of the Caldwell's chain. A few days before the guard was hired, a dozen young men descended on the flagship store, smashing display cases with hammers and making off with $100,000 in gold and jewels.
September 2, 1993 |
For the third time in three days, smash-and-grab bandits struck at an area jewelry store, making off with thousands of dollars worth of watches, rings and other valuables. Yesterday's robbery occurred at the recently opened J.E. Caldwell Co. jewelry store branch at 8532 Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill. Authorities said the heist occurred after three young men were let into the store shortly before 3:20 p.m. by a security guard. "He didn't like the way they looked, but what can you do?
August 31, 1993 |
Three men smashed a glass case at a Neshaminy Mall jewelry store yesterday, making off with an undetermined amount of jewelry, according to witnesses. The incident occurred about 5:15 p.m. when three men, armed with a short- handled sledge hammer and a hatchet, entered the Bailey Banks & Biddle store, smashed a display case and scooped up jewelry, said Michael L. Royster, 23, a restaurant worker in the mall who saw the robbery. Royster said he chased the men as they ran to the mall's main entrance.
May 9, 1992 |
For the second Friday in a row, smash-and-grab thieves struck a posh Center City jewelry store at lunchtime and escaped with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. The latest theft occurred about 11:50 a.m. yesterday at the J.E. Caldwell Co. store at Juniper and Chestnut Streets. Police said three young men walked in and shattered the top of a case with a small sledgehammer. Before anyone in the store could react, the trio scooped up more than $25,000 in rings and escaped in a station wagon.