Suspect with hammer pulls off smash-and-grab jewelry robbery

SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County authorities are searching for a suspect who dressed as a construction worker and pulled off a brazen smash-and-grab robbery at a South El Monte jewelry store.

KABC-TV on Monday aired security camera footage of the thief — wearing a mask, hard hat, and a fluorescent vest — using a hammer to bash in a glass case. He runs off with a handful of gold jewelry as the store's owner lunges after him and stunned customers look on. Nobody was hurt.

The news station says the suspect got away Feb. 8 with at least $20,000 worth of 14 carat chains.

The owner says he hopes video from the recently installed cameras will help authorities track down the crook.


Information from: KABC-TV,         

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