Thieves steal $500,000 in jewelry from Mercer Island

Thieves steal $500,000 in jewelry from Mercer Island

Credit: Mercer Island Police Department

Police say the minivan pictured here may have been involved in the theft of $500,000 in jewelry from a courier van in Mercer Island, Wash., March 5, 2013.

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 6 at 5:44 PM

About a half-million dollars worth of jewelry was stolen from a courier’s vehicle in Mercer Island Tuesday.

Mercer Island Police said it happened around 1:45 p.m. at the Island Corporate Center in the 7600 block of SE 24th Street.

The courier stopped for a short break. Surveillance cameras capture images of a dark-colored minivan that stopped next to the courier vehicle.

Police said the suspects are likely Columbian or Mexican jewel thieves. They will fly in, rent a van and hang out in a jewelry district, looking for couriers to follow. They’ll either do a car prowl or even an armed takedown, then steal the jewelry and ship them off through the mail.

The jewelry stolen Tuesday belonged to a New York City wholesale jewelry company.

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