FBI releases photos of sledgehammer jewelry heist

BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - The FBI has released images of the five men they say broke into the Boca Raton Town Center Saks 5th Avenue store Thursday, Sept. 20 and and left with a massive amount of jewelry.

Investigators said the thieves walked inside the store armed with sledgehammers an hour before closing.

The five men, who were in masks, walked up to the glass counters of the jewelry cases and began smashing them, police said.

Moments later, the men got away with an undisclosed amount of merchandise and drove off in a BMW, according to an incident report.

Following the robbery, security was increased and officers spent the day patrolling the outside of the store.

"The safety of our associates and customers is of utmost importance to Saks. We are cooperating with authorities on the matter,' Saks 5th Avenue officials said in a statement.

The FBI, Boca Raton Police Department and the South Florida Violent Crime Task Force are still investigating the robbery.

There is a $5,000 reward for information provided to the FBI leading to the arrest and conviction of the men responsible for the robbery.

"Our primary concern is always for the safety of our customers and mall employees and we are glad no one was injured last night," Boca Raton Town Center officials said in a statement. "We will continue to work with the Boca Raton Police Department as they investigate this isolated incident."

If anyone has information as to the identity of these robbers, they are urged to call the FBI at (305) 944-9101 or the Boca Raton Police Department at (561) 338-1246.

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