Seattle police are looking for three to four men who robbed a jewelry courier Wednesday morning at Northgate Mall.
The traveling courier was getting out of his car at the mall at 10:45 a.m. when several masked men, armed with ice picks, pulled up in a van and jumped out, police said. One of the robbers pushed the courier backward as a second robber punctured the rear tires on the courier’s car.
The masked men took a travel suitcase and tote bag containing miscellaneous jewelry and diamonds and then got back into their van and drove away from parking lot, police said. The vehicle was described as a newer silver-blue van.
The courier was not injured. Police said the loss was “substantial.”
Last month, thieves stole $500,000 in jewels from a courier’s vehicle on Mercer Island.
Mercer Island police said that the New York-based courier was in the area showing diamond wedding rings to stores and wholesalers on March 5 when the jewels were stolen from his rental car when he stopped for lunch.
It’s unknown if the Northgate robbery and Mercer Island theft are related.