An out-of-town wholesale jeweler reported being robbed at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon while seated in a car in the parking lot of Trader Joe’s on Milpas Street.
Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, the dispatch center received numerous calls about the incident and sent the Santa Barbara Police Department to the scene. A large amount of jewelry was taken from the victim’s vehicle. SBPD said that the suspects appear to have targeted the victim specifically and that they knew prior to the robbery about the jewelry in the victim’s possession.
The investigation is ongoing and this story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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