LAPD searches for skilled team in $2 million diamond heist
The LAPD on Friday afternoon was searching for a team of masked thieves who got away with $2 million worth of diamonds.
LAPD officials said the heist appears to have been carried out by professionals but said they had no suspects.
"It's usually South American nationals who are very organized and professional," Lt. Alan Hamilton told the Associated Press.
An 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.
-- Ricardo Lopez
Photo: Scene of jewelry heist in North Hollywood. Credit: KTLA-TV.