They were strangers, federal investigators said, hired by a mastermind to plan a series of heists targeting jewelry stores in Southern California. They stormed in, smashed glass display cases with hammers and lifted $6 million in Rolex and other luxury Swiss watches.
It had the makings of a classic Hollywood heist film whose cast of characters went by nicknames: Macc Attack, Tiny Bogart, Janky Bone, Green Eyes, Bully Bad Ass and Hang Out.
On Thursday, the U.S. attorney’s office announced that nine men suspected in a series of “brazen smash-and-grab robberies” had been named in a federal indictment. Four had been arrested, three already had been in custody and two others were on the run, federal officials said.
“The organizers of this ring carefully planned and executed a series of daylight robberies that terrified and endangered store employees and bystanders,” U.S. Atty. Eileen M. Decker said in a statement.
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