Shocking moment gang of thugs wearing ski masks smash their way into LA jewelry store
A bystander caught the moment when 11 criminals broke into a jewelry store in Los Angeles and made off with a handful of loot.
According to a statement from the Manhattan Beach Police Department, the robbery occurred around 7 p.m. at Pasha Fine Jewelry on Manhattan Beach Boulevard in an affluent, laid-back beach community on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
Authorities called the crime a “smash and grab” robbery.
As the video begins, at least two of the robbers can be seen shooting through the shop window. In the background you can see the other robbers frantically running through the store and smashing display cases with hammers.
After 12 seconds, the robbers, dressed in ski masks and predominantly in dark clothing, begin to reach the exit one by one. The group sprints across the street and into three waiting cars. One of the group seems to drop something and stops to pick it up before getting to his car.
The thugs then dash south, away from the crime scene.
The cars are a gold colored Infiniti sedan, a black Volkswagen sedan and a dark colored Toyota Camry.
The robbery took place here at Pasha Fine Jewelry on Manhattan Beach Boulevard in the affluent
A witness waiting at a table at a nearby restaurant said: The daily breeze: “We saw about eight people running out of the store with bags full of jewelry and then a man and a woman running away after asking someone to call the police.”
The witness also said: ‘We saw about eight people running out of the store with bags full of jewelry and then a man and a woman running away after asking someone to call the police. It was crazy because the sun was shining and there were so many people around to see it happen.’
Police confirm that the thieves used a hammer in the robbery. At least three of the group were armed with pistols, but no shots were fired during the robbery.
Manhattan Beach Police Department detective Ian Mikelson has confirmed to DailyMail.com that no arrests have been made in the case.
The detective said the value of the stolen goods is still being assessed by the store.
According to Mikelson, the smash-and-grab nature of the heist fits a pattern of recent crimes in southern Los Angeles, but it’s the first of its kind in Manhattan Beach.
When the video starts, you will see members of the group looking through the shop window
Other members of the group can frantically run around the store and smash display cases
The group leaves the exit in almost one line and sprints across the street to waiting cars
At least three of the suspects were armed with pistols, but no shots were fired during the robbery
Manhattan Beach Police Department detective Ian Mikelson confirmed to DailyMail.com that no arrests have been made in the case
Detective Mikelson said the value of the stolen goods is still being assessed by the store
A Toyota Camry used by the suspects during the robbery
The other cars used in the breakout were an Infiniti sedan and a black Volkswagen sedan
Manhattan Beach Mayor Steve Napolitano said after the robbery, “This wasn’t just a crime against a person or a company. This was a crime against our entire community. †
He continued: “An armed robbery in broad daylight in our downtown area could have resulted in serious injury and death. To those who did it, know that MBPD is doing everything it can to catch, prosecute and imprison you.”
The mayor added: “We are going to add additional patrols in our downtown area and in our commercial and residential areas. I want to assure the community that public safety is always your city council’s first priority and that the MBPD has our full support.”
Pasha Fine Jewelry has two stores, one in Manhattan Beach and one in Santa Monica
According to the store’s website, Pasha Fine Jewelry specializes in wedding and engagement rings
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon tweeted Saturday about the robbery, saying: “These break-ins are unacceptable and harm not only local businesses, but the entire community.
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon tweeted Saturday about the robbery, saying, “These break-ins are unacceptable and harm not only local businesses, but the entire community.”
Gascon fighting recall attempt amid allegations of softness on crime, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Manhattan Beach is more associated with celebrities and expensive real estate. Among those who call the area home are Vince Vaughn, Zooey Deschanel, and “The Wolf of Street,” aka Jordan Belfort.
The average income of the residents is $139,000. According to a study by Dataquick, the area sold more homes with a price tag of more than $1 million than any other city in California.
Pasha Fine Jewelry founder Albert Takalak started his business in Turkey in 1979. Takalak has two stores in Los Angeles County. The other store is in Santa Monica. The Manhattan Beach location opened in 2011.
According to the store’s website, Pasha Fine Jewelry specializes in wedding and engagement rings.