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Thief makes escape after brazen jewelry heist

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CHULA VISTA (CBS 8) - Chula Vista Police are searching for a man who robbed a jewelry store in broad daylight in Chula Vista. 

Surveillance video shows the thief going into Kings Jewelry, taking a display case and running out with it. 

The owner of the jewerly store said it was the first time his store had been robbed. 

The robbery occurred on Tuesday in broad daylight in front of several customers. No one was hurt in the incident, but the jewerly stolen is estimated to be worth at least $20,000. 

Cameras were able to capture one of the most brazen crimes David Rossi has ever seen inside his store. 

A salesperson asked the suspect if he needed help, but he said no. The suspect said he was just looking, according to the owner. 

Seconds later, the suspect grabs an entire case of Estate jewelry, filled with rings, watches, pendants and cameos and makes a run for it. 

"He literally just lunged for it. Grabbed it, threw it on his shoulder and was out the door in three seconds," said Kenny. 

The suspect ran out the store and into a truck that was waiting for him. The truck was parked with the engine running and a female passenger inside. 

The suspect is seen throwing the case in the back of the truck as staff and customers ran after them. 

The jewelry store owner's step-daughter who works next door at an antique shop is seen grabbing on to the truck before it drives away. 

"He hopped in his car, I went with him, but as soon as he went, I had to back off. There was nothing I could do at that point," said Caitlin Helms, the step-daughter of the store owner. 

Witnesses described the truck as an older green Ford, but were able to just get a partial license plate number. 

Rossi is hoping the video will not only help catch the pair, but alert other business owners. 

"We do have cameras. It doesn't stop them from doing it, but it does help us find him and maybe get him off the streets. That's our goal," he said. 

The male suspect is described to be between the ages of 20 to 27, 5-foot-10, 185-pounds. He was wearing a Coachella black tank-top, a Newsie cap and sunglasses. 

The truck had a tool box and a partial license plate of 7LP348. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Chula Vista Police. 

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