Thieves Use Rug to Haul Away Safe With $10M Worth of Jewelry, Cash

The safe contained about $10 million worth of jewelry, cash and documents, police said

Police are searching for burglars suspected of looting a 3-foot-tall safe packed with $10 million of jewelry and cash Friday from a Hancock Park home.

The thieves used a rug to drag the safe from a walk-in closet, downstairs and out the front door of the home in the 200 block of South Highland Avenue, according to LAPD. That was before they scaled an exterior wall on the perimeter of the property and broke in through a window.

The suspects set off the security alarms, according to police. Neighbors reported hearing a noise coming from the home around 8:20 p.m.

"They were able to use a rug that was lying nearby and haul the safe down the stairs and out the front door," said Officer Karen Rayner.

The homeowners said their house is insured, but the contents of the safe were not.

The thieves also let out two dogs during the heist, according to the homeowner, who asked that she only be identified as Jacqueline.

"I got my dogs back," she said. "They were found a mile away sitting together on a neighbor's front porch."

The safe reportedly contained personal documents, jewelry and cash. Police are asking anyone with information on the suspects to contact Detective Ben Black, Burglary Special Section Safe Detail at (213) 486-6983.

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