About $5 million worth of jewelry was stolen Tuesday in a smash-and-grab robbery Tuesday at a store in Beverly Hills, police said.
The robbery has prompted the Beverly Hills Police Department to immediately add a camera trailer, extra security patrols and an “extra special watch from officers” to South Beverly Drive, Chief Mark Stainbrook announced Tuesday night.
The robbery occurred at about 2 p.m. at Luxury Jewels of Beverly Hills in the 200 block of South Beverly Drive, slightly more than one block south of Wilshire Boulevard.
The suspects shattered the front windows with sledgehammers and fled the scene with several items from the store, police said.
A witness to the robbery and nearby business owner Wesley Aframian told CBS2 he saw the suspects hitting the window with the hammers and attempted to intervene.
“I give them a kick, a push,” Aframian told the station. “They’re starting to run. I push them into the street, he drops a few watches… maybe saved them $50,000, $60,000, $70,000 with that,” Aframian said.
The BHPD reported the suspects arrived in a vehicle that was reported stolen in Long Beach, and may have fled the scene in a different vehicle. Some of the five suspects were seen wearing hooded sweatshirts and surgical masks, but no further description was available.