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Burglars tunnel into L.A. jewelry store, steal millions in jewels

March 1, 2011 |  4:57 pm

Los Angeles police detectives sought help from the public Tuesday to identify two armed burglars who stole several million of dollars in jewels after tunneling into a downtown jewelry store.

The pair broke into the building in the 600 block of South Broadway and sometime between between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 by tunneling into the store.

The burglars, who wore masks and gloves and carried backpacks, cleaned out display cases of high-quality jewelry totaling $3 million, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Central Area Burglary Det. Michael Mazzacano at (213) 972-1231 or after-hours at (877) LAPD-24-7. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads). All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters can also go to www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

-- Andrew Blankstein
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