• Detectives search for witnesses in SR 520 diamond heist


    Detectives are searching for witnesses after a diamond heist on the westbound lanes of State Route 520 to northbound I-5 on Tuesday. 

    Troopers said they received a call at 3:48 p.m. from someone who was reported an attempted carjacking. 

    When troopers got to the scene they determined it was a diamond theft. 


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    The victim told troopers he was traveling around Seattle and the Bellevue area to jewelers and was on his way to his last client in Seattle. As he was exiting SR 520 to I-5, a dark colored sedan made an abrupt lane change and slammed on the brakes. This caused the victim to brake and come to a stop.

    Troopers said a second vehicle intentionally struck the victim’s car from behind and two men wearing bandanas approached his vehicle. 

    The suspects broke out the front windows, struck him several times, grabbed a bag of diamonds (value of $400,000) under his leg, a key fob for the car and his phone.  They also took a large suitcase from the trunk. 

    The victim’s phone was tracked to 650 Northeast 42nd Street in Seattle, where it was abandoned in a grassy area. 

    Seattle firefighters treated the victim at the scene and he was taken to the Washington State Patrol office. 

    Detectives are looking for any witnesses or information about the incident. 

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Vik Mauro at 425-401-7746 or by email at Victoria.mauro@wsp.wa.gov. 

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