Walnut Creek police are looking for four men who allegedly stole a pickup truck, rammed it into the Tiffany & Co. jewelry store downtown and took off with a small bag of merchandise Thursday morning.
The haul would have been larger, police said, but the suspects probably underestimated the strength of the glass case.
Lt. Steve Gorski said four robbers wearing hoodies broke into the store, anchored on the corner of S. Main Street and Mt. Diablo Boulevard, at about 5:45 a.m. and were inside for just two minutes.
Police arrived about 90 seconds later to find a small amount of jewelry stolen, but the most expensive items remained safely behind locked glass cases. The robbers left behind large bins they might have intended to fill with expensive gold, silver and platinum.
Gorski said the Chevy Blazer used in the robbery was stolen out of Citrus Heights, near Sacramento, but the suspects headed toward Highway 24 in a different vehicle.
Walnut Creek police had no suspects in custody as of Thursday afternoon. They are hoping that video from inside the store and nearby traffic cameras will help them solve the case.
No one was injured.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Walnut Creek Police Department at (925) 256-3557.
The photo below shows the suspects’ vehicle fleeing the scene headed southbound on South Main Street. The white pickup truck used to force entry can be seen at the top of the photo.