Downtown Los Angeles smash and grab robbery
of a Chinatown
jewelry store where five men broke display counters and grabbed more
$350,000 worth of high-end watches. The "smash and grab" heist marks
the first since a rash of similar robberies plagued the Jewelry District
in June and July. It appears the word got out that the Jewelry District
was too hot, so now the crews have hit a store in Chinatown," said Lt.
Paul Vernon in a statement. "In this case, their MO was a little
different in that they were after expensive watches, not gold chains.
All five suspects were black men who wore some kind of mask over their
faces or red hooded sweatshirts that shielded their faces from view.
Detectives are working with the business to recover video of the
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