WALNUT CREEK -- A Tiffany store three blocks from police headquarters was the target of a brazen smash-and-grab burglary Thursday morning, when four suspects used a truck to break in and steal some jewelry items, police said.
One of the men backed a stolen white pickup truck through the front entrance of Tiffany & Co., at 1119 South Main St. at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard downtown. Three other men then used hammers to break through a glass display case containing jewelry, Walnut Creek Police Lt. Steve Gorski said. The incident occurred around 5:45 a.m., about three blocks from the Walnut Creek Police Department headquarters.
The truck used to smash the door was registered out of Citrus Heights, Gorski said.
Several small jewelry items were stolen, but the most valuable jewels in the store were locked away and not taken, Gorski said.
"There is jewelry scattered across the floor," he said.
Gorski said police have talked to several witnesses, who reported seeing the thieves escape in a white SUV, possibly a Chevy Blazer. The getaway vehicle was headed toward Highway 24, Gorski said, and the California Highway Patrol is searching for it.
"We are looking at a lot of security video and following up several leads," Gorski said.
Police also are investigating whether the burglary was connected to a similar smash-and-grab robbery in Antioch early Wednesday morning, Gorski said. But in that case, two suspects trying to break into a security door at J.C. Penney were captured by police after crashing their vehicle in a police pursuit.
A description of the suspects in the Tiffany break-in was not released. It was not known how long the store would remain closed.
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