Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Marina del Rey Station detectives are searching for three suspects in connection with a robbery at a Marina del Rey jewelry store last month.

The incident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. September 15th, when the suspects pulled up in front of Universal Jewelers at the Waterside Marina shopping center and ran into the store, Sheriff’s Detective Tim Hazelwood said.

Two of the suspects were carrying hammers and allegedly smashed the jewelry cases containing high-end watches, bracelets and rings, he said. The suspects then allegedly grabbed items valued at an undisclosed amount and fled the store in under one minute, the detective said.

Given the suspects’ brief time in the store, it appeared “they knew what they were going for,” the detective said. No customers were inside the store at the time, he said.

The suspects, who were wearing hooded sweatshirts over baseball caps, are described as African American, late teens to early 20s, five foot ten to six feet tall, and of slim build, detectives said.

The license plate number of the suspects’ vehicle matched a car that was reported stolen from the Compton area, Hazelwood said. The car was located abandoned in Los Angeles city limits a couple of hours later.

The case investigation is ongoing.

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