A Beverly Hills jewelry store was the victim of a smash-and-grab robbery on Tuesday. About five thieves reportedly stole $3 million to $5 million in merchandise.

A group used sledgehammers to smash the front window of Luxury Jewels of Beverly Hills at about 2 p.m. They then fled in an unknown vehicle, leaving the original stolen vehicle they arrived in. The original vehicle they arrived in was stolen.

Part of the robbery was caught on cellphone video. 

One necklace was worth nearly $500,000.

The group has not yet been identified. Police say that they believe the suspects were all men. They were wearing hooded sweatshirts, sweatpants and surgical-style masks. 

A nearby business owner can be seen kicking one of the robbers as they fled the scene.

"I see four or five guys with sledgehammers, with axes and they're breaking the window," business owner Peter Sedghi told local media. "By the time I come out ... they are grabbing inventory. They are grabbing watches. I gave one of them a kick. I tried pushing one of them over. He lost his balance."

Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook released a statement that he “understands the community frustration regarding the crime that happened today at 203 South Beverly Drive. The Chief is willing to discuss with any person or group the reality of the current regional crime situation.”

Stainbrook added that officials are adding a camera trailer, extra security patrols, and extra special watch from officers to the area.

The Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday that crimes involving robberies are up 18% in 2022 since this time last year.