Calif. Thieves Drill Through Wall, Swipe $1M in Jewels

Cops believe gang of professionals behind gem heist
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2010 4:23 AM CST
Burglars broke into the store next-door to their target, drilled through the wall, and swiped the loot, cops say.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Orange County cops are seeking an inventive gang of thieves who bypassed a jewelry store's security system by drilling through a wall from the next store. The crooks, who broke into the vacant store, made off with a safe holding at least $1 million in gems as well as the store's security camera, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The thieves—police believe there must have been at least two to carry the 1,000 pound safe—dismantled a metal door to exit through the back of the jewelry store. Authorities are trying to determine whether the thieves are the same gang who made off with $6 million in goods after cutting through the roof of another jewelery store in the area last year.

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