Police say $500,000 in jewels were stolen from a courier’s vehicle Tuesday afternoon when the courier went to lunch on Mercer Island.
Mercer Island police Detective Peter Erickson said that the New York-based courier was in the area showing diamond wedding rings to stores and wholesalers. He suspects the courier was followed by thieves, and when the man went to lunch at an Island Corporate Center deli the thieves broke into his rental car and stole “a couple of bags full” of jewelry.
“When these jewelry couriers are ripped, it’s usually after they’ve been under surveillance,” Erickson said. Police were called at 1:44 p.m.
Surveillance video from a nearby construction site showed a dark-colored minivan pulling up next to the rental car, police said. Police do not have a suspect license plate or any witnesses.
“Unless there is a witness or license plate, we don’t have a lot to go on. If this gentleman was followed, what’s typical of this these cases is that jewelry gangs will usually ship the jewelry out of the area,” Erickson said.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911.