Casing the Jewel Store

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Casing the Jewel Store
Game GTA V
For Lester Crest
Target Vangelico's security features
rooftop HVAC system
Location Little Portola
Unlocks Carbine Rifles (for Loud Approach)
Bugstars Equipement (for Smart Approach)
BZ Gas Grenades (for Smart Approach)
Unlocked by Friend Request

Casing the Jewel Store is a mission in Grand Theft Auto V, given by Lester Crest to Michael De Santa.


Michael meets Lester at the Darnell Brothers garment factory to begin preparations for a robbery. Lester first suggests the big job, the Union Depository; however, Michael says he wants to start with something smaller. Lester then suggests that they either hit a bank in the sticks or a store. Michael says that stores are easier; however, he states he will need a big take, owing $2.5 million to Martin Madrazo for demolishing his mistress' house. Lester says that they will need to hit a jewelry store and suggests Vangelico in Little Portola. Michael says that he will need a crew to pull the job off, and Lester tells him that none of their old contacts are available and Michael asks him to find new ones.

As Michael and Lester drive to the jewelry store, Lester reveals that he knows about Michael's dealings with the FIB. Lester then gives Michael a camera and radio relay outfitted in a pair of glasses. When they arrive, Michael goes into the store to scope it out while Lester remains in the car. Michael takes pictures of the security keypad, camera, and air vent, then he asks the sales clerk about the value of the merchandise. After getting the pertinent information inside, Michael and Lester drive around the block to a gutted building. Michael enters the building to access the rooftop. Lester tells Michael to find Vangelico's HVAC unit to get a picture.

After leaving Little Portola, Michael states that the job should be fairly straightforward; however, Lester states that the store has to be hit while it's open since the merchandise is stored in the safe after closing. Michael wants to bring Franklin Clinton onto the job; however, Lester doesn't trust newcomers. Upon returning to the garment factory, Lester and Michael begin preparations for the heist. Lester sees two options: going in smart and stealthy or loud and dumb.

For the Smart Approach, Lester suggests that they can pump knockout gas into the HVAC system to knock out the people inside the store, reducing the need for crowd control. Michael will need to steal gas grenades from Humane Labs and Research. Lester suggests using pest control as their cover, meaning Michael will also need to steal a Bugstars truck to get the equipment. For the Loud Approach, Lester states that Michael will need to procure 4 Carbine Rifles from a LSPD tactical squad truck, as buying them off the shelf risks their serial numbers being traced. Regardless of approach, Lester states a hacker is needed to disable the security systems. The window available depends on the hacker's skill. The crew will make their getaway on motorbikes, escaping through the under construction subway tunnel under the Del Perro Freeway, meeting a truck in the Los Santos River. The bikes used in the getaway depends on the driver's skill. After selecting one method or the other, Michael selects his crew: Franklin, an additional gunman, an additional driver, and a hacker. The mission ends when Michael's decisions are finalized.

Secondary objectives

Objective Description
Time Complete the mission within 8 minutes.
Picture Perfect Capture all 3 security features (air vent, camera, and keypad) in one picture.

Video Walkthrough

Xbox 360 Version - GTASeriesVideos