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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