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.READ MORE: 3 Dead, 2 Injured When Gunfire Erupts At House Party In Inglewood
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.READ MORE: Instagram Rolls Out New Feature Allowing Certain Influencers To Charge For Content
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.MORE NEWS: Black Restaurant Week Kicks Off Sunday In Long Beach
Due to the size and sophistication of the robbery, LAPD Robbery Homicide and or Commercial Crimes may take over the investigation, Kammert said.