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West LA Zales robbed of $130K in jewelry

May 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Thieves targeted a jewelry store in a West Los Angeles mall overnight in a brazen smash-and-grab robbery.

Authorities say three men wearing dark hooded sweatshirts stormed into the Zales jewelry store in the Westside Pavilion Mall at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Several shoppers were inside the store at the time.

Armed with hammers, the suspects went straight to the counter with high-end items, smashed the glass and made off with about $130,000 worth of jewelry.

Witnesses told police the suspects then ran into a car parked in the mall's parking structure. One of the suspects was seen jumping into the car's trunk before fleeing the scene.

A vehicle description was not available.