Thursday, September 16, 2010

$500,000 In jewels stolen in targeted attack -- Salt Lake City, UT

Two jewelry salesman who had just arrived in Salt Lake City were robbed of an estimated $500,000 worth of jewels at a rental car office at the Salt Lake City International Airport Thursday.

Investigators believe the salesmen were targeted and the attack was not random.

About 4:15 p.m., two salesman got off a plane at the airport and went to a rental car station, said airport spokeswoman Barbara Gann. They were approached a short time later by two to five men, one of whom was armed with a knife. There was a brief struggle, followed by the assailants fleeing with the jewels in two separate vehicles, a black and a silver Toyota Camry, she said.
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At least one of the salesmen suffered minor injuries with a scrape wound by the knife, Gann said.

Few other details about the heist were known Thursday afternoon. Gann said airport surveillance video was being reviewed. Officials say there is no description of the suspects being released yet but said the men were covering their heads and faces.

A Salt Lake Valley-wide law enforcement effort is following leads and searching for the men. Officials are also in the process of interviewing the victims.

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