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Masked Men Steal 23 Watches from Pentagon City Mall

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ARLINGTON, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Thieves made off with almost two dozen watches valued at more than $600,000 from a Arlington County mall Tuesday morning, police said.

Four masked men entered the Torneau store at Fashion Centre at Pentagon City just after 10:30 a.m. and used a hammer to smash the case containing Rolex watches, according to police.

The suspects took 23 Rolex watches that the store valued at about $609,000.

Tuesday’s morning’s crime took about 30 seconds. The suspects fled in a car waiting at the side of the mall and driven by a fifth person, police said.

It was the second smash-and-grab crime at the mall in two months. On Feb. 4, four masked men walked into the Zales Jewelers at the Fashion Centre, shattered a display case with hammers and made off with $128,000 in rings. The men fled in a car driven by a fifth person. Police have not said if they believe the two crimes are related.

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