Man tells police robbers stole bag of diamonds worth at least $250,000

Police are investigating after a man told them robbers took a large amount of cash and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of diamonds from him in East Long Beach.

The man told police he was getting into his car when the two robbers opened his passenger-side door and took $70,000 in cash and a bag of diamonds worth somewhere between $250,000 and $350,000, according to LBPD spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez.

“The victim reported visiting jewelry stores outside of the city prior to the incident occurring,” De Prez said.

Police said the robbery reportedly happened around 5:15 p.m. on Thursday in a parking lot on Bellflower Boulevard just north of Stearns Street.

Any suspects were gone before officers arrived, De Prez said. The victim described them as two men who drove off in a black four-door sedan, she said.

The man told police the robbers didn’t harm him, and they didn’t appear to have any weapons, according to the LBPD.

Detectives are still investigating and asked any anyone who may have seen what happened, caught it on video or seen video on social media to contact the LBPD’s robbery detail.

“At this time detectives do not believe there is video of the incident, but encourage anyone who may have additional information or evidence on the incident to report it in an effort to further the investigation,” De Prez said.

Robbery detectives can be reached at 562-570-7464 or [email protected]

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.