This story was updated at 5 p.m. on April 30, 2013.
Police say that several masked suspects robbed a Cartier jewelry store in Chevy Chase earlier today and a D.C. police officer is in the hospital after crashing his police car trying to chase them down.
The event took place at 11:08 a.m., at the Cartier store on the 5400 block of Wisconsin Avenue, according to a police statement.
After briefly seizing control of the store, the suspects broke a display case in the back of the room and removed property, police said.
The suspects then fled from the store, but did not harm any of the four employees who were inside of the store, according to the statement.
After arriving at the store, police officers saw the alleged robbers leaving the scene in a black late model Dodge Charger that had two different license plates, the release said.
Police pursued the car, but lost sight of it on southbound Connecticut Avenue at the Washington, D.C., line, the statement said.
A Metropolitan Police officer spotted a car matching that description, a spokesman there said. The officer pursued the vehicle, but crashed his cruiser near Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Halley Place SE, the spokesman said. The officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash, which took place at 11:38 a.m. The officer was taken to a local hospital, the spokesman said.
The vehicle was last seen making a left hand turn on to Porter Street in Washington, D.C., according to the statement.
Detectives are asking that anyone who has information regarding this robbery and/or the suspects involved (and has not already spoken to police) to contact the Robbery Section at 240-773-5100. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). The tip line will pay up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest or indictment.