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"Ladies and gentlemen, this is your moment! Please, don't make me ruin all the great work your plastic surgeons have been doing. On the floor, now! "
―Michael De Santa

The Jewel Store Job is a mission in Grand Theft Auto V. This is the first heist mission in the game that protagonists Michael De Santa and Franklin Clinton undertake.

Preparation

In order to perform the heist, Michael must perform a couple of side-missions (Heist Setups) to get the necessary equipment. The preparation missions varies based on the chosen approach in Casing the Jewel Store.

Loud

Only one preparation mission, Carbine Rifles has to be performed, namely stealing a set of carbine rifles from one of the LSPD's tactical team vans

Smart

Two preparation missions have to be performed:

  • The second, BZ Gas Grenades involves stealing gas grenades from a van cruising around the city.

Mission

Depending on the chosen approach in Casing the Jewel Store, the start of the mission will play in either of two ways:

Loud

Franklin drives Michael, the driver and the gunman to the store in a van. Donning helmets, they will enter and tell the hostages to get down. While the gunman holds the hostages, Michael and the driver start ransacking the store while Franklin waits outside with the bikes. The manager will see what's going on and the gunman will handle it, but if a bad one is chosen, he will do bad with crowd control and Michael will have to kill the manager, or they'll sound the alarm and fail the mission. The amount of time available before the alarm starts will depend on the selected hacker, but since the gold medal requires the player to steal the jewelry within 50 seconds, any of them will do. 

Smart

Driving from the garment factory in a Primo, Michael will drop Franklin at the construction site while the driver and gunman park the Bugstars van in front of the jewel store. Taking control of Franklin, the player must traverse the roofs from around the block and use the vantage point from the recon mission, throw a can of gas in the air vent. The gas will be pumped into the store, knocking out everyone inside.

Afterwards, Michael, the driver, and the gunman will enter and start ransacking the store while Franklin goes to get the bikes. The amount of time available before the alarm starts will depend on the picked hacker, but since the gold medal requires the player to steal the jewelry within 50 seconds, any of them will do.

Escape

Both approaches lead to the same escape. Once the raid has been done, Franklin escapes on bike with the driver and gunman. The motorcycle depends on the driver, but won't make a difference. Follow the crew, evading the cops and escape into the tunnel to access the sewers. If a low skilled gunmen is chosen, then he, along with his bag of jewels, will crash and fall off his bike before entering the tunnel. If the player picks up the bag, the take will not change, but if not a significant amount of the take is lost. There is a casualty expense for the death of the gunman, regardless. If a high skilled gunman is chosen, none of this happens.

Using the city sewers to evade the police, the crew eventually ends up at the Los Santos River into a pack of cops. In the meantime, Michael and the hacker went to get the delivery truck and use it to crash the cops out of the way.

Once the police have been lost, the bikes are loaded onto the truck and are driven to Lester's lockup where the crew parts ways. The maximum take for the mission is $4,946,153 if the player smashes all 20 displays and chooses a good gunman (for the smart approach) or a good driver (for the loud approach). $2,500,000 will then go to Martin Madrazo while the rest gets split between the crew.

Mission Objectives

Loud

  • Go to Vangelico Jewel Store. - (Michael)
  • Break the glass cabinets and steal at least $3,300,000. - (Michael)
  • Stop the manager. (Only if you selected a bad gunman) - (Michael)
  • Follow your crew into the sewers. - (Franklin)
  • (Optional) Pick up the dropped bag. (Only if you selected a bad gunman) - (Franklin)
  • Follow your crew through the sewers. - (Franklin)
  • Take out the police cars and protect your crew. - (Michael)
  • Rendezvous with your crew. - (Michael)
  • Go to Lester. - (Michael)

Smart

  • Go to Vangelico Jewel Store. - (Michael)
  • Climb to the roof of the jewel store. - (Franklin)
  • Throw the Tear Gas on the ventilation system. - (Franklin)
  • Break the glass cabinets and steal at least $3,300,000. - (Michael)
  • Follow your crew into the sewers. - (Franklin)
  • (Optional) Pick up the dropped bag. (Only if you selected a bad gunman) - (Franklin)
  • Follow your crew through the sewers. - (Franklin)
  • Take out the police cars and protect your crew. - (Michael)
  • Rendezvous with your crew. - (Michael)
  • Go to Lester. - (Michael)

Gold Medal Objectives

Loud and Smart

  • Quick Grab - Steal the jewelry within 50 seconds.
    • Use the smart approach.
  • Protégé Protected - Protect Franklin during the LS River chase.
    • Can't be done without failing, make sure Franklin isn't killed by the LSPD during the chase.
  • Clean Sweep - Steal the jewelry from all 20 glass cabinets.

Aftermath

Los Santos Meteor Newspaper

Loud
"Investigating officers have uncovered a new lead into a daytime robbery at exclusive Rockford Hills jewel store Vangelico. It is thought that the guns used in the raid on the store were the same carbine rifles stolen from a LSPD swat van earlier this week. The criminals hacked into the store's security network and disabled the alarm system, while they held customers and staff hostage, and emptied cabinets of jewelry worth millions of dollars."

Smart
"The police have turned up new leads in their investigation into the recent robbery of Vangelico jewelers in Rockford Hills. They believe the crime was tied to an attack on a Humane Labs and Research shipment carrying BZ gas. Police also believe the van used by the robbers was recently stolen from a Bugstar Pest Control Warehouse in South Los Santos. Despite making these connections, investigators are no closer to finding the suspects who cleaned out the store for millions of dollars of jewels, escaped on motorcycles, and evaded police in the LS River. The police are not yet close to making an arrest."

Lifeinvader Posts

  • Lester Crest - "Nice job. A real gem, you might say! Just like the good old days."

Bleeter Posts

  • @sillyjilly28 - "To the guys who robbed the Vangelico store on Portola Drive i'll happily swap an alibi for a diamond :)"
  • @cinncinati_philpp - "no way! got involved in a reallife jewelry heist on portola drive! Guy has a gun on me and tell me to forget a thousand things a day or something. Craziest vacation EVER!"

Weazel News

Smart
The police have turned up two new leads in their investigation into the recent robbery of the Vangelico jewelers in Rockford Hills. They believe the crime was tied to an attack on a Humane Labs and Research shipment carrying BZ gas. Police also believe the van used by the robbers was recently stolen from a Bugstar Pest Control warehouse in South Los Santos. We will stay with this story.

Loud
Investigating officers have uncovered a new lead into the daytime robbery at exclusive Rockford Hills jewelry store Vangelico. It is thought that the guns used in the raid on the store were the same carbine rifles stolen from the LSPD swat van earlier this week. We'll stay with the story.

Videos

Gallery

Smart

Loud and Dumb

Soundtracks

Trivia

Beta

  • The mission first appeared in a scene in the first trailer. It was later depicted in an artwork, almost a year after. It was also the first confirmed mission of Grand Theft Auto V.
  • In the version of the mission seen in the first trailer, Michael is seen completing the job with Gustavo Mota and another unknown crew member. It is possible that this crew member is meant to represent Packie due to their similar hairstyles but Rockstar didn't want to ruin the surprise of being able to recruit him so early on.
    • Also the crew uses smart approach equipment like the Bugstar van & uniform and gas mask.
    • In the same trailer, the gas masks were yellow and covered only the mouth.
  • Also in the beta, balaclavas were used in the loud and dumb option but motorbike helmets were used in the final version.
  • This mission was going to be named Pest Control in the beta.

Smart Approach

  • When Franklin asks about the crew, the conversation will be different depending on the crew members the player hired.
    • If the player chooses crew members with high cuts, Michael will talk about their cuts and saying: "I feel like a chump buying myself a score."
  • In the smart approach, if Franklin has Grenades, Michael will note he noticed the grenades and warn Franklin just before he reaches the vantage point not to throw a grenade by mistake.
  • In the smart control, Michael and his team are with the Bugstars Burrito, but in the loud and dumb control they were seen with a different black Burrito.
  • This mission is one of the missions other than the assassination missions that affects the Stock Market, as soon as the mission finished, Vangelico stock goes down to the bottom but by the end of the story they got around 15% return percentage, if the player wants to have extra money. 

Inspiration

  • The mission, especially in the loud and dumb method, seems to be loosely inspired in the opening scene of the 1987 film Beverly Hills Cop 2, where a crew of robbers score a jewelry store, doing the same motions as breaking the glass panels and being timed to pick up the jewels.
  • The escape route seems to be loosely based in the 2003 film The Italian Job, as the crew escape through the sewers on Mini Coopers, chased by bikers and exiting through the flood control.

General

  • New Red Dead Redemption copies are sold with GTA V promotional cards, with an image of the mission occurring.
  • On the corkboard in the gameplay trailer, a to-do list showed 3 out of the 5 tasks were complete, which were Evaluate The Security, Photograph The Interior and lastly, decide which approach the men wanted to go on.
  • The traffic warden cannot be shot and killed, as he reappears in the first cutscene of Mr. Philips. However, he can be killed if the player runs him over.
  • After the crew has come out of the tunnel, it would be technically impossible for Michael and the Police officers to have been in that position unless they had either reversed or driven into the river from the sides.
  • After the crew loads the bikes into the truck, Michael has to drive the truck to the "lock up" location. If Michael (the player) damages the truck, the back door will open and the player will notice that Franklin and the crew are not actually inside, yet their dialogue is heard, as they simply spawn at the lock up in the cutscene. This happens because the characters will start to collide each other if driven recklessly.
    • Also, after this, the radio will set to Radio Mirror Park, with a predetermined song.
  • The screenshot on the Rockstar Games Social Club shows Michael wearing his default gray suit with gloves and a balaclava for the loud option.
  • If Michael stays in the store after either the timer runs out or all the jewelry is stolen, a unique cutscene will play, where the police arrest both Michael and Franklin. This will also fail the mission.
  • When Rickie says "Uhh, bros? Just to warn you, we're not the only people waiting for you in the LS River.", the subtitles say "Uhh. Bros, just to warn you, there might be some cops waiting for you in the LS River." instead. This was fixed in the enhanced version.
  • If Franklin waits on the flyover and jumps after other crew members entered underground, there is a chance that a glitch may cause them to disappear, leaving only the taillights to be seen floating.

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