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2 thieves steal $22,000 in rings from Helzberg Diamonds at Westfield North County in Escondido

Posted at 4:08 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 16:12:21-05

ESCONDIDO, Calif. - A pair of thieves who posed as shoppers at a jewelry store at the Westfield North County mall Monday fled with several rings worth a combined $22,000, authorities reported.

The theft at the Helzberg Diamonds shop in Escondido took place about 1 p.m., according to police.

A security guard chased after the shoplifters but was unable to catch them. The pair ran to a parked car and drove off to the west, in the direction of Via Rancho Parkway, Lt. Scott Walters said.

Detailed descriptions of the bandits, who appeared to be in their 20s, were not immediately available.