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3 robbers steal jewels in Koreatown, beat security guard

August 16, 2011 |  9:32 pm

Koreatown jewelry robbery Los Angeles police Tuesday night were looking for three men who robbed a Koreatown jewelry store, beat a security guard with a hammer and stole a woman's vehicle as they fled the area.

One of the men pointed a gun at the owner of the store in the 3200 block of Wilshire Boulevard while the other two smashed jewelry cases with the hammer, stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

As they escaped, the security guard was attacked with the hammer. He was listed in stable condition Tuesday night, the LAPD said.

The suspects unsuccessfully tried to carjack a man's vehicle before fleeing in a second vehicle that was driven by a woman, police said. Two of the men fled in that vehicle, a white GMC Savana van with license plate number 6T97736. The third man fled in a green Toyota van.

Police identified the suspects as black men between 20 and 25 years old, and 5-feet-8 to 6-feet tall. All weighed between 180 and 200 pounds.

One suspect was wearing dark pants and a white long-sleeve hooded shirt with blue jeans, the LAPD said. Another suspect was wearing a grey hoodie sweatshirt, and the third was wearing a dark baseball cap, dark jacket, white shirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (323) 382-9103. Anonymous tips can be left at (800) 222-8477.


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Photo: Surveillance camera footage showing a man inside the store. Credit: LAPD