Smash-and-Grab Robberies on the Rise in the US

Watch fast-moving thieves caught on camera grab everything in sight before taking off with valuables.
1:16 | 05/28/15

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America. Smash and grab robberies at jewelry stores. In Florida, fast-moving thieves caught on camera, grabbing everything in sight. Until the woman who owns the store fights back. Here tonight, ABC's linsey Davis. Reporter: This violent and coordinated jewelry heist in Florida caught on tape. The first person in smashing the showcase with a hammer. At least seven people grabbing for gold, while the store owner does what most advise you should not do. She comes out swinging. At the time, I didn't even know I did it. Reporter: In the last year, an increase in these smash and grabs, with blatant disregard for surveillance cameras, making some store owners feel increasingly vulnerable to these flagrant attacks. The thieves at this Louis Vuitton store in suburban Chicago last year so brazen, they drive a car right into a store, making off with $120,000 in merchandise. According to the jewelers' security alliance, smash and grab robberies are up 77% in one year, prompting some jewelers to install new laminated glass which is harder for thieves to break. Something this store owner might find more effective than a metal stick. Linsey Davis, ABC news, new York. Linsey, thank you.

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