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Heist nets $2 million in diamonds

August 19, 2011 |  7:34 am

Diamond heist in North Hollywood
Masked thieves got away with $2 million worth of diamonds after trapping the car of a man in North Hollywood, police said Friday.

The unidentified man left a friend's house around 10 p.m. Thursday and was stopped at the intersection of Burbank Boulevard and Bellaire Avenue. That's when a car rear-ended him and another blocked the front of his vehicle, Los Angeles police said.

Five or six men in masks and dark clothing jumped out of one of the cars that was blocking the man's  vehicle and smashed one of his car windows.

As they snatched a backpack containing the jewels, the man tried to fight back but was struck repeatedly by the assailants, police said.

It was unclear why the man had the diamonds, although media reports said he was a jewelry salesman. Police could not confirm that Friday morning.


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Photo: Scene of jewelry heist in North Hollywood. Credit: KTLA-TV.