$500,000 jewelry store smash-and-grab is caught on video

Smash-and-grab burglars gather jewelry from the display windows at Zar Jewelers on May 5, 2024 (Ring)

CHICAGO — Smash-and-grab burglars busted through the front windows of a Far North Side jewelry store on Sunday evening, getting away with merchandise worth an estimated $500,000. A passing motorist stopped to record the burglary on his phone. We’ve shared it below.

Around 5:50 p.m., three masked men dressed in black used a heavy tool to break through the display windows at Zar Jewelers, 2643 West Devon. As the crew loaded jewelry from the windows into bags, store employees activated a silent alarm.

A Chicago police evidence technician recovered a pair of sunglasses and a hammer that the men left behind. Store management told police they estimated their losses at $500,000.

After the burglary, the crew escaped in a white Jeep Grand Cherokee. It was last seen heading north on Washtenaw and then turning onto Arthur.

No arrests have been announced.

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