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Police Release Mall Smash and Grab Surveillance Video

by Katie Pyzyk March 21, 2013 at 10:15 am 1,424 10 Comments

The Arlington County Police Department has released surveillance video of Tuesday’s smash and grab robbery at Pentagon City mall in the hopes the public can help identify the suspects.

The video shows four subjects entering the Tourneau retail store at 10:37 a.m. on Tuesday (March 19). Police say they headed directly to the Rolex watch display case. One of the subjects used a hammer to break the front side of the glass display case to gain access to the merchandise. Before fleeing, the four subjects managed to grab 23 Rolex watches, worth approximately $609,000. Police say the four suspects were in the store for less than 30 seconds.

All four subjects are described as being black males wearing ski masks and hooded jackets. Three were wearing all dark clothing and suspect four was wearing a red hooded jacket and dark pants. A fifth person was reportedly waiting in a getaway vehicle on the S. Hayes Street side of the mall. The vehicle is described as a charcoal gray four-door sedan.

If anyone has information on the identities and/or whereabouts of these individuals, please contact Detective Paula Brockenborough of the Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4241 or at [email protected] To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS (8477).

  • Tick Tock

    So the lady coming out from the backroom scared them away?

  • meh…

    Wearing Ski Masks……hooded jackets….everyone was in the back….but somehow it’s certain that they were Black males ??????

    • Commuter

      No gloves, homie.

    • You know what?

      You’re right. This must certainly be a case of racial profiling.

    • ARL

      As you can see from the video, an employee from the back came out and saw the suspects, and they weren’t wearing gloves. Also, you can see a little skin even with a ski mask.

  • Paul Casimir

    23 watches valued at $609,000 means the average watch was valued at approximately $26,500. Assuming that the other watches the thieves didn’t take are in the same price range, we are talking millions of dollars in merchandise left unattended without any security except a glass panel? They must be insured out of Cyprus.

  • Hah. I went in there once while doing research for a lighting design class. The guard thought I looked suspicious in my slouchy college clothing and told me to leave.
    At what point will watches become so obsolete that they aren’t used as a status symbol of the wealthy? Electronics have become the thieves’ target of choice.

  • Ahhlington

    If anyone is looking for work, I hear that Tourneau location now has plenty of job opportunities available.

  • James Moron

    They have millions of dollars of inventory but don’t have decent video surveillance? At least with the Zales heist we got good footage of the Southpaw Smasher.

  • Dr. Seuss

    The description of the perpetrators sounds conveniently similar to the description of the suspect in the recent shooting. Something smells very fishy here.


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