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1980 FIN – Importer’s Wife Solves Jewel Theft Ring

August 18
00:00 2012

August 4, 1980 FIN – The current issue of New York magazine (August 4, 1980 pages 16-22) has a cover story which is about a well known fastener importer and his wife.

But the story isn’t about fasteners: it’s about a band of red headed jewel thieves whom the importer’s wife helped track down after the police had more or less given up on the case.

The article entitled “The Great Maid Robberies” describes how Barbara Cohn and Eric Cohn (who’s president of Allied International American Eagle Trading Corp.) hired a red-headed domestic worker to look after their 17-room Rye, New York, home, only to have her depart with some $150,000 in jewels while they were out visiting friends.

We won’t give you the whole story except to tell you that Barbara Cohn worked with the Westchester, New York City and Los Angeles police forces to help capture a syndicate of red-headed black women thieves who lifted about $2 1/2 million in jewels in a short period.  (Why red heads? Read the story and find out).

We knew Barbara Cohn was an artist of distinction (some of her work is on display at the Aldrich Museum here in Ridgefield, Conn.) and a pretty good tennis player (she usually takes one of the trophies home from the NFDA) but we never knew she was a sleuth.

Our suggestion is the next time a fastener association is looking for a guest speaker they get Barbara to tell how she helped break the league of red-headed women.  We’re sure it would get a lot more interest than the umpteenth presentation on the use of computers in fastener inventory control. ©1980/2014 Fastener Industry News.

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