Robbers Armed With Guns, Sledgehammers Stage Violent Take-Over Robbery at Koreatown Jewelry Store

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Ten people were arrested in connection with a "violent and coordinated" takeover robbery at a jewelry store in Koreatown that was recorded on surveillance video, police announced Thursday.

The heist occurred around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Cross Jewelry store inside the Korean Town Center Mall in the 900 block of South Western Avenue, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Authorities compared it to the movie "Ocean's Eleven" due to the number of suspects and the apparent precisions of the crime's execution.

"These individuals knew about this store. They knew about the layout of the mall," said LAPD Capt. Vito Palazzolo at a Thursday afternoon news conference. "They knew how to get in and out quickly."

Investigators determined that approximately nine male suspects had "violently and with coordinated precision and speed, overpowered employees and took over the store," the release stated.

The robbers were armed with handguns, the surveillance video showed.

While holding employees at gunpoint, the suspects could be seen smashing display cases with the sledgehammers and removing several hundred expensive designer watches within a matter of minutes. The robbers then exited the store and got into a waiting getaway van, police said.

Two suspects were quickly arrested when GPS tracking devices embedded in the watches led officers to a vehicle in Covina, according to the release.

"I am sure that these individuals had no clue that the GPS tracking devices are so small that they fit inside of a Rolex watch," Palazzolo said.

Detectives later identified eight additional suspects, including five juveniles, who were taken into custody overnight, the release stated. Police believe they were all recruited from out of town.

All of the watches were recovered, police said.

"Although this sounds like the plot of a Hollywood movie, in reality this was a violent and dangerous crime that could have had disastrous results," LAPD stated in the department's news release.

Anyone with information regarding this incident was asked to contact Olympic Area detectives at 213-382-9380.

KTLA's Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.

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