Brazen robbers smash and grab in downtown S.F.

A luxury jewelry store in Union Square was robbed of more than half a million dollars’ worth of diamonds Monday afternoon, police said.

Security cameras captured two men breaking the storefront glass window of Felicci & Co. Fine Jewelry on the 200 block of Stockton Street at 1:30 p.m., police Sgt. Steve Mannina said. Mannina said passers-by and employees witnessed the theft.

A San Francisco police investigator said the jewelry may have been worth up to $3 million.

The men stole six pieces of diamond jewelry by shattering a section ofthe storefront glass with a metal object, Inspector Julian Hill said. They reached through a soccer ball-sized hole of approximately half-inch thick glass to grab the merchandise.

“Some of the jewelry was dropped and recovered right in front of the store by one of the employees,” Hill said.

Photos of the suspects from the security camera will be released later this week. Police are describing the suspects as two black males, 20 to 30 years old, wearing dark sweatshirts, blue jeans, white running shoes and aviator-style sunglasses. No arrests have been made.

Employees and passers-by saw the men flee on foot onto Maiden Lane, to Grant Avenue and then to Market Street.

Felicci employees boarded up the shattered window Monday and had it repaired by Tuesday afternoon. The owner and employees of Felicci declined to comment.

mrosenberg@examiner.com

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