Thieves in Southern California stole millions of dollars worth of gems and jewelry from an armored vehicle last week, officials said.
Brandy Swanson, a director at the International Gem and Jewelry Show in San Mateo, south of San Francisco, said the stolen rarities were estimated to be more than $100 million.
Dana Callahan, a spokeswoman for Brink’s security, confirmed the merchandise was loaded into one of their trucks following the show on July 10 and that it was robbed on its way to Los Angeles.
Swanson said 25 to 30 bags were stolen from the truck and that 18 victims reported sizable losses following the robbery.
Callahan, however, disputed the estimated figure.
“According to the information the customers provided to us before they shipped their items, the total value of the missing items is less than $10 million,” Brink’s said in a statement. “We are working with law enforcement, and we will fully reimburse our customers for the value of their assets that were stolen, in accordance with the terms of our contract.”
Like something out of an action movie. $100 million of jewelry stolen in Southern Cali.