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Jewelry Store Owner Kidnapped From Home In Tujunga, Released By Spooked Crooks

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The owner of a jewelry store was abducted at gunpoint from his home in an attempted holdup on Saturday, however the suspects changed their plans when spooked by police, and let the man go before reaching the business, reports ABC Local.

The suspects broke into the owner's home in the 90800 block of Cabanas Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Friday and kidnapped the man, "driving him toward his store near Sherman Way and Bellaire Avenue," reports the Daily News but letting him go in Van Nuys about 12:30 a.m. after seeing police cars and hearing an overhead helicopter.

According to police, the suspects still got away with man's car, cellphone, jewelry store keys and home valuables. Police were looking for a dark-green 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL 450 with the license 5YGC426, he said. Anyone who sees the vehicle was asked to call 911.

The man's wife was also tied up during the abduction with one the suspects staying behind to watch her, reports KTLA. At some point the suspect left the house and the daughter called police after coming home and finding her mother bound.