SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. (KTLA) — Police are asking for the public’s help identifying two suspects who pulled off a brazen jewelry heist in the middle of the day.
The burglary, which was captured on surveillance video, occurred around 1:50 p.m. February 2 at Riverton Jewelers on Riverside Drive.
Investigators say two suspects armed with hammers entered the business and started smashing display cases and removing several watches.
81-year-old store owner Chuck Lire tried to stop the suspects, but he was pushed away by the two thieves.
The suspects ran out of the store with the items and jumped into a light colored compact vehicle. It all happened in a matter of about nine seconds.
The same two suspects were seen on a video in the store the day before posing as customers.
Suspect one is described as a Hispanic male, 25-30 years old. He is 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and weighs about 170 pounds.
The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male between 20 and 25 years old. He is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds.