Smash and grab thieves get away with $100,000 in loot

Witnesses say men dressed like construction workers used sledge hammers to break into Rice Village Diamonds

May 22, 2013 3:20:02 PM PDT
Three robbers are on the run right now after taking close to $100,000 in jewelry from a store in Rice Village. The crooks took sledgehammers and smashed the windows of the store as horrified shoppers looked on.

The thieves hit the store in broad daylight along Rice Boulevard and Sunset, targeting diamonds ? and lots of them. Workers at Rice Village Diamond shop say that was the big get for a group of unknown thieves who hit this business Wednesday afternoon.

Store manager Jeff Robichau said, )"They got as much as they could and as fast as they could get."

Robichau and two employees were in the place alone when police say a group of men walked up to the side window with sledge hammers and began smashing.

"At first I thought something was falling," Robichau said. "So we were looking around at what's falling. But then after another bang, another bang, glass comes flying in from outside into the store. We knew right then that somebody was breaking the windows."

The thieves were breaking through the triple pane security glass in broad daylight in a busy area.. And they got away with about $100,000 worth of fine jewelry, according to the workers.

"The best description I could give is three young black males, I'd say 5-foot-8 to six foot, dressed in winter clothes, long sleeves, hoodies, hat. That's about it," Robichau said.

A few blocks away police found a red Honda Pilot. They say the crooks ditched it before getting into a tan colored Impala. Now the search is on for those smash and grab burglars. Police are processing the abandoned truck for fingerprints and they're asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers.

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