Reporting Todd Quinones
By Todd Quinones
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J., (CBS) – A manhunt is underway for thieves who allegedly stole more than $100,000 worth of diamonds.
The heist happened on Washington Boulevard in Robbinsville, Mercer County.
The jewelry store owner says one of the thieves is an attractive woman who was used as a decoy in order to steal more than $100,000 worth of diamonds.
In pure desperation, the jewelry store owner snapped this picture with his cell phone of one of the getaway cars.
“They were professional. They knew what they were doing,” store owner Robert Tindall said.
Robert Tindall saw some red flags before the theft.
One thief walked into his store off Washington Boulevard in Robbinsville Township and asked to see some loose diamonds.
Then, a man and woman posing as a couple walked in ten minutes later and asked for help on the other side of the store to distract him.
“She was attractive, tight yoga pants that type of a look. When I addressed them they had the same accent as the first gentleman and I said ‘are you guys all together’ and they denied it, so a little bell went off,” he said.
A short time later at around 5:20 p.m., Tindall says the first man reached over the counter and grabbed the box of diamonds.
“Once it crystallized they were all leaving together I looked around quickly. I knew something was stolen. I didn’t know what was stolen. I went to the door and saw them running,” Tindall said.
Police confirm the one getaway car could be a black Audi A3 or A4 with a Pennsylvania license plate.
Police believe all of the suspects may be Hispanic, two between 25-and-30-years-old and one older man about 50-years-old.
Police also believe a fourth suspect, another woman, may have also been involved in the theft of more than $100,000 worth of diamonds.