A Beverly Hills area homeowner said she walked in on a man stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry that had been locked up in her closet during a broker's open house.
The burglary took place Tuesday around 11 a.m., a short time after her front door had been unlocked for the open house, according to Fran Soloman.
She told KTLA she was talking to her real estate agent when she heard the front door open, but never saw anyone come in.
“I said to the agent, I said ‘someone came in the house,’ and so she went to look in the foyer, and then she looked up the stairs and said ‘no, nobody’s here,’” Soloman said.
A few minutes later, she went upstairs to get something and walked in on someone she described as a well-dressed Asian man.
“I said ‘what are you doing,’ and I pushed him. I hadn’t even noticed that all the drawer doors were open at the time,” she said. “He ran the long way around and I was trying to stop him. And he pushed me back.”
Soloman then ran after the man.
"I was chasing him and I was screaming to the broker…‘lock the door, call the police,'" she said.
The man was able to get away with more than $200,000 worth of jewelry that included watches, bracelets and earrings, she said.
The Los Angeles Police Department was investigating the incident.
A police official said there has been a similar crime that occurred in the area about a week earlier. In that instance, jewelry was stolen during an open house, but no one walked in on the crime in progress.