- Surveillance footage shows the moment of the battering ram attack on the jewelry store before destroying the premises with blacksmith hammers
- Debris flies across the screen as it rampages throughout the facility
- But violence is futile because the precious jewels have already been removed from display
Dumb burglars broke into a Los Angeles jewelry store in a spectacular smash and grab, only to find most of the good stuff locked up overnight.
Eye-catching surveillance footage captured the moment a masked gang sent a stolen SUV crashing into the front wall of JR’s Diamonds and Jewelry in upscale Sherman Oaks on Saturday evening.
Metal grates fly into the air and part of the ceiling collapses as the gang bursts into the store, jumps over the furniture and starts smashing into the display cases with hammers.
With the store a wreck, they realize that their efforts have yielded little more than trinkets, and they retreat and abandon a nearby badly damaged SUV.
“We have to renovate the floors and redo the cabinets because they were broken for no reason,” said the store owner ABC7.
– There was nothing in them.
Surveillance footage captured the moment the store front collapsed as a stolen SUV reversed at high speed through a covered window
Even empty crates become targets for thieves who rampage through the store with sledgehammers in search of loot
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More than 12,000 burglaries have already been reported across the city this year, an increase of 15 per cent compared to the same period in 2021, and arrests for the crime have dropped by almost 14 per cent.
Last week, surveillance footage captured the moment a burglar cut through the roof of a smokehouse in nearby Eagle Rock and rappelled through the opening.
The store owner arrived the next morning to find cigarettes and lottery tickets stolen, as well as a rope hanging from a hole in the now severely damaged ceiling.
Sherman Oaks has also fallen victim to the wave of flash mob-style attacks that have swept the city in recent months.
In August, when a mob of masked gunmen in hoodies and dark clothes rampaged through Westfield Fashion Square, a mall with over 100 stores, including well-known retailers such as Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Apple, Banana Republic.
A few days earlier, about 30 thieves stole $400,000 worth of designer goods from the YSL store at Glendale Americana in Brand.
In 2021, the city where Los Angeles father Vince Ricci had his driver’s license “revoked” for concealed carry saw frequent assaults last week after he was attacked by two men in his $2 home. millions of dollars.
The hooded attackers jumped over the cabinets and retreated from the store, leaving chaos behind
The store at 15000 Ventura Boulevard has been in business for three generations
With his five-month-old wife and nanny inside, Ricci pulled out a gun and began shooting as two armed men jumped the fence and tried to get into his home.
Police say there are currently no leads in connection with the raid at JR’s Diamonds, which occurred around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning.
Despite the poor merchandise, the gang managed to cause extensive damage to the store, which has been in business at 15000 Ventura Boulevard for three generations.
“They just don’t care, so it affects us both financially and mentally,” the owner said.