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Masked Gunmen Make Off With $3M In Jewels And Merchandise

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Masked burglars were caught on tape at a downtown jewelry store. (credit: LAPD)

Masked burglars were caught on tape at a downtown jewelry store. (credit: LAPD)

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Like something out of a Hollywood movie, two masked gunmen tunneled their way into a downtown jewelry store and made off with about $3 million in jewels and merchandise.

The burglars “broke into a building in the 600 block of South Broadway and tunneled their way into a jewelry store,” according to police. “Once inside, the suspects went through the store, methodically emptying the display cases of high-quality jewelry.”

Video images of the burglars showed they wore masks, gloves and carried backpacks. “Anyone who recognizes the suspects or their voices is asked to contact investigators,” police said. The burglary took place between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 19.

“It appears the suspects may have had knowledge of the building and were able to successfully tunnel in to the specific jewelry store,” according to Los Angeles police.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Central Area Burglary Detective Michael Mazzacano at (213) 972-1231, During non-business hours, the contact number is (877) LAPD-24-7. Anonymous calls may be made to Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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