LANCASTER – The Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement agencies are continuing an investigation into the theft of millions of dollars in jewelry and gems from a Brink’s truck in Lancaster last week.
The Brink’s truck was taking the merchandise from the International Gem and Jewelry Show in San Mateo to another show at the Pasadena Convention Center when the heist occurred on Monday, July 11, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Brink’s has not released specifics about the heist but did release a statement,
“According to the information the customers provided to us before they shipped their items, the total value of the missing items is less than $10 million,” Brinks said in the statement. “We are working with law enforcement, and we will fully reimburse our customers for the value of their assets that were stolen, in accordance with the terms of our contract.”
UPDATE: According to a news release issued Monday, July 18, by the Sheriff’s Information Bureau:
On July 11, 2022, deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Clarita Station responded to the “Flying J” rest stop and gas station in the unincorporated area of Lebec, in response to a burglary of a cargo container. Deputies learned that several pieces of jewelry and gemstones valued at several million dollars were stolen from a locked “Brinks” tractor trailer by unknown suspects.
LASD Major Crimes Bureau (MCB) Cargo Cat’s and Metro Detail investigators, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are conducting a criminal investigation into the theft and are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for this crime and to locate the stolen jewelry and gemstones.
Anyone with information or questions related to this investigation should contact Sergeant Mileski at MCB, or if you would like to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at (800)222-8477, or on-line at www.p3tips.com.