Robbers stole a bag containing $50,000 worth of jewels from a salesman in the Glendale Galleria parking lot Wednesday, but the gems were recovered after the fleeing suspects crashed their car just a few blocks away.
The unidentified jewelry salesman handed over the bag, plus about $400 in cash, to three men, one of whom had a gun in his waistband, as the victim left his car in the Galleria parking structure just after 10 a.m., police said. The suspects sped away in a car, but collided with another car at Broadway and Pacific Avenue, Glendale Police Sgt. Rick Young said.
The suspects abandoned the car and fled on foot, leaving behind the bag of jewels. The salesman's money was not recovered, police said.
Police cordoned off several streets in the area near the collision site, and searched backyards and other places for the suspects, but the men were not apprehended, Young said.