Even during the riots 20 years ago, the Westside Pavilion mall was a nearly crime-free sanctuary with private, armed patrols in a part of town known more for its well-rested than its unrest.

Still, shit happens, even in West L.A:

Cops say robbers hit the Pavilion in spectacular style:

A “smash-and-grab” robbery was reported last night at a Westside Pavilion jewelry store at 8:32 p.m., police said.

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Fox 11 News said the store was a Zales.

At least one of three men who took part in the heist had a hammer and apparently smashed jewelry cases before they fled with the goods, authorities said.

They got away (for now) with a reported $130,000 in jewels.

And get this:

Credit: Westside Pavilion / Facebook

Credit: Westside Pavilion / Facebook

One of the guys jumped into the trunk of a fleeing car, LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman said.

Fortunately for detectives, witnesses got a license plate number: 6UDK307.

Know it? Call the LAPD West L.A. Division: 310-444-0702.

[With reporting from City News Service / @dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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