$1 million-plus Beverly Hills jewel heist caught on video
A $1-million-plus armed jewelry heist at an upscale Beverly Hills jeweler was caught on video and now authorities are releasing the recording along with a $50,000 reward they hope will nab the well-dressed robbery crew.
The robbery unfolded Jan. 25 shortly before 7 p.m. when a male and female posing as customers entered the store, Jason of Beverly Hills on Wilshire Boulevard, and asked to see pieces of jewelry in a display case, Beverly Hills police detectives said.
The man is dressed in a beige suit with shirt, tie and glasses, and woman has long hair and is wearing a brown leather jacket appear, the video shows. As the clerk is showing them items, a second, larger man enters the store and produces a handgun.
He then is seen removing several large pieces of jewelry from a display case in the center of the room after it was opened by the store clerk. The man, with a possibly fake beard, is seen putting the items into a bag before walking out of the store, according to detectives. The alleged accomplices then follow.
Investigators believe all three suspects are 25 to 30 years old. Detectives said they fled the area in a 2011 to 2013 white Kia Optima. A reward of $50,000 is being offered for information leading to their arrest and conviction and the recovery of the stolen items.
Beverly Hills police are asking anyone with information to contact Det. Eric Hyon at (310) 285-2156.
-- Richard Winton