Merchant Carrying $2M In Diamonds Robbed In North Hollywood Heist

BURBANK (CBS) — A lightning-quick robbery with a big payoff left police on Friday searching for a handful of suspects.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports at least five men targeted a jewelry merchant who had over $2 million in diamonds in North Hollywood.

Two cars — a white sedan and a Grey SUV — boxed in the merchant’s car at Bel Air and Burbank as he drove away from a friend’s home on Hatteras Street on Thursday night, according to police.

As many as six men wearing gloves, masks and dressed in black smashed the car windows, assaulted the driver and fled with the bag of jewels.

The merchant was reportedly unarmed and without any security personnel.

“Clearly, some mistakes were made,” said North Hollywood Division Sgt. Mike Kammert.

Police have recovered an SUV that might have been used in the crime after it struck a fire hydrant in the area.

Due to the size and sophistication of the robbery, LAPD Robbery Homicide and or Commercial Crimes may take over the investigation, Kammert said.

  • Jack

    That’s what he gets for being cheap & not having security!

  • nomechifles

    Thieves robbing a thief. I wonder how that guy got all those diamonds. He is a thief and deserves being robbed. My last boss is a Jew and he stole thousands from his employees, then he filed for chapter 11. Once he had collected enough money, he filed for chapter 7. I hate those jewish guys. They even steal from their own people. I bet the friend he was visiting is a jewish too and he planned the robbery.

    • TheWindrunner

      Jews do not commit these kinds of criminal activities. It is possible that one hired others to do it. Jews are paperwork types of criminals, that engage in white collar crimes. They come at you from behind, while the kneegrow attacks from the front. My guess is that these were american kneegrows who actually perpetrated the action, possibly by info given to them by a Jew.

  • The Big Logic

    The MO is not that of Armenians! It is that of the American Nigra.

    • Okay

      And when did you become an LAPD robbery detective?….LOL How else would any robber (of any color) get to the jewels in a car with the windows up? Smash them. They’re not going to take their time to politely see if any of the doors are unlocked. Instead of Big Logic, you should be called Dumb Logic.

      With that being said, being boxed-in is normally the indication for being setup.

    • whodathunk

      NA Armenians just love to collect food stamps, plunder govt. assistance and drive benzes.

      Salvaged Benzes.

      • cindy

        HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA couldn’t of said it better my self HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

  • Igor Frodrick

    Your all a bunch of red neck racists. Wait for the facts before making stupid, uneducated comments. I think NASCAR is on! Go have a beer and sleep with your momma.

  • cindy

    inside job

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  • F Martin

    An store owner that has merchandise is a hero. He makes money, if it-the merchandise- not on consighment -was his- he is of the highest type of hero. Whether he owns it himself or not he is still a hero. Evil thugs stealing, by force should of been shot on the spot, but he was possibly not armed and not ready. It’s sad that he made the mistake and did something so foolish.

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