LOS ANGELES – The California Highway Patrol is investigating an apparent smash-and-grab robbery that happened last week at a downtown jewelry store that, in a strange twist, was caught on video.
FBI and CHP agents reportedly arrived Tuesday at the Treasure Island boutique in Hollywood to determine the identity of a woman who, according to a police investigation, appeared to use a small, brick-like rock to shatter a pane of glass that shielded the business’s security camera.
“There was a large amount of merchandise stolen,” Officer Robert Nacke, a CHP spokesman, told The Times Tuesday.
Nacke said the store’s surveillance camera footage was not taped over during the robbery. It is unclear if the woman was captured on video.
Valerie Eitzen, a spokeswoman for the Beverly Hills Police Department, confirmed that police were alerted to the jewelry store robbery early March 25 in the 600 block of North Spring Street but had little information to offer.
“Detectives are still investigating,” she said.
Police on Tuesday said they could not confirm whether the woman captured on store video is the same person who allegedly stole jewelry during another violent robbery in a nearby area last month. On March 7, police said, a woman wearing a red jacket and a mask hit the Le Baron boutique in the 3000 block of North Beverly Drive with a hammer.
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