Three masked men armed with metal bars robbed a jewelry store in a Beersheba shopping mall Saturday morning, clearing the shelves and emptying out a backroom safe before making a clean getaway.
The value of the haul was estimated at NIS 1.7 million ($528,204), Channel 12 news reported.
Owner Toni Roytman was preparing to open for business when the gang arrived at her store in the Big mall. The men threatened a store assistant, warning her not to alert police as they set about filling large white sacks with stolen goods, according to the report.
They then ran out to a waiting car and drove away. The robbery, which took no more than two minutes, was caught on security cameras.
In an impassioned post to her Facebook page later in the day, Roytman described the theft and said that “due to technical details the insurance is not valid.”
שדדו אותנו ואנחנו מבקשים עזרה Roytman הוא העסק המשפחתי שלנו שנמצא במרכז ביג בבאר שבע – ממנו משפחה בת שמונה נפשות…
“I don’t even know where to begin, who or what to ask for in this post, but I am just trying” for help, she wrote, describing Roytman Diamonds as a business that provides for a family of eight.
Police have opened an investigation.
The store opened ten months ago, just as the coronavirus outbreak was beginning. In the months that followed the country was sent into two lockdowns that devastated small businesses as stores were ordered shut amid restrictions on public life. Many businesses failed and unemployment skyrocketed.
Another lockdown, the country’s third, began on Sunday evening.