Thieves steal $500K in jewelry and other items from car in Miami

Victim leaves bag with Rolex watches, cash and laptop in rental car's trunk

MIAMI – Two men left a bag with Rolex watches and other jewelry, cash and a laptop valued at half a million dollars in the trunk of a rental car in Miami's Flagami neighborhood Saturday.

The jewelers from Atlanta, who were in town for a convention, told Miami Police Department officers that when they returned to the car, it was all gone. They said the watches alone were valued at $250,000. 

Surveillance video at the Car Factory Outlet at 709 NW 42 Ave. showed a man getting out of a silver Nissan Rogue, breaking into the car and opening the vehicle's trunk through the hatch to take the bag.

"It's very upsetting. We have been working so hard for so many years to have that kind of inventory and suddenly it's just all gone," one of the victims said during an interview with WSBTV in Atlanta. 

The thieves might have followed the victims after a local jewelry convention. Detectives are looking for a man who is about 6-foot tall, and was wearing a black Yankees baseball cap, Nike top and Adidas pants. He left with the help of a getaway driver. 

Detectives were asking anyone with information to call the Miami Police Department at 305-603-6420 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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