As rampant crime continues in cities across the country due to many DAs’ soft-on-crime policies, robbers stole millions of dollars worth of jewelry in California.
According to the New York Post, the criminals pulled off a heist, stealing up to $150 million in jewels from a Brink’s armored truck. According to authorities, the suspect was traveling from convention show to convention when thieves stole the jewelry.
They were last seen last weekend at a San Mateo trade fair. They were stolen out of a Brink’s truck in Northern Los Angeles County.
He did not wish to be identified, however, he indicated that selling jewellery is his main source of income.
“My life — that’s how I live, that’s how I feed my kids … You’re looking at 19-karat yellow gold with over 100 carats of multicolored sapphire,” the jeweler said of some of his items. “Sunday, you had merchandise. Today, you don’t have anything.”
Fast one week has passed since the crime occurred and the FBI continues to investigate the incident.
A spokeswoman for the FBI noted that it had almost made it to its destination before it was robbed. In Lancaster, a deserted city, the criminals took the jewellery.
Brink’s argued that the total loss of the stolen jewelry was “less than $10 million.” Brink’s claimed that is what the vendors reported before the shipment took off.
“According to the information the customers provided to us before they shipped their items, the total value of the missing items is less than $10 million.”
Brink’s said they are currently working with law enforcement, and they will reimburse their customers.
“We are working with law enforcement, and we will fully reimburse our customers for the value of their assets that were stolen, in accordance with the terms of our contract.”
CBS reported that Brandy Swinson, the San Mateo show director, claimed the 18 jewelers they robbed were worth more than $100M, but vendors claim losses of up to $150M.
#UPDATE: In a statement to CBSLA, Brinks confirmed one of its vehicles, bound for a jewelry show in Pasadena, was robbed of millions in jewelry https://t.co/TXjDwEL3MQ
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) July 16, 2022
Swanson said that jewelry owners often underestimate the value of their jewelry because it would cost too much to insure it at its full worth.
“That’s where the discrepancy comes in. These are mom-and-pop operators,” she said. “They’re devastated. Some of these people have lost their entire livelihoods.”
This incident happened in Los Angeles County, where criminals feel emboldened due to disgraced DA George Gascon’s soft-on-crime policies. An recall petition is on the way and voters in Los Angeles County in November will be able to recall Gascon to replace him with a strong-on-crime DA.