ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) - A brazen smash and grab robbery has left employees shaken at Pentagon City Mall.
On Tuesday, several thieves smashed into cases at a watch store and took off with two dozen Rolex watches, worth a half a million dollars.
And now, police are trying to determine if the same thieves are responsible for a similar robbery last month.
The latest robbery happened Tuesday morning at 10:37, right in front of shoppers. Four thieves wearing ski masks and hoodies walked in to the Tourneau watch store at Pentagon City Mall and headed straight for the Rolex counter. Using a hammer, they smashed it and grabbed as much as they could.
"It was very brazen," said Arlington County Police Spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.
He said the four suspects grabbed so many watches, they dropped several as they fled the store. Sternbeck says they stole 23 Rolexes worth a total of about $609,000.
Police are looking into whether the same thieves also hit Pentagon City's Zales jewelry store last month on February 4th. They stole $128,000 worth of diamond rings, just days before Valentine's Day.
In both robberies, the suspects hit stores that are near to mall exits and they fled in awaiting getaway cars. In the February 4th case, it's believed they fled in a red sedan that broke through a traffic gate of the garage as it was exiting. That vehicle may have sustained front end damage, according to police.
Those four suspects are described as being black males between the ages of 18 and 21 and approximately 5'7" to 5'8" tall. One suspect wore a red and white Helly Hanson jacket, neon or yellow hood. Another had a grey peacoat and blue hoodie. The other two suspects wore black jackets. As in the Tourneau robbery, they all wore ski masks.
In the Tourneau robbery, the suspects left to a charcoal grey four-door sedan where another suspect was waiting on the S. Hayes side of the mall.
Arlington police do not think these two robberies are related to a similar smash and grab at a mall in Frederick, Maryland.