Smash and Grab thieves hit West Covina jewelry store
WEST COVINA, Calif.—Three men wearing masks and hoodies and armed with hammers smashed windows and stole merchandise from a jewelry store in West Covina on the evening of August 26.
West Covina Police Department officers received a call regarding a robbery in progress at approximately 7:30 p.m. at Kevin Jewelers in the Plaza West Covina Mall at 112 Plaza Drive, Sgt. Matt Nelson told the City News Service.
“After entering the store and smashing the windows, the three suspects ran out of the store with a large amount of jewelry towards a waiting car,” Nelson said.
Filmmaker Nancy Reza was at an outdoor restaurant celebrating her godson’s 13th birthday with friends and family when the theft took place.
“We saw this car speed past right by us and the police cars drove by right after. Then immediately this wave of people ran out of the mall,” Reza told the media.
Reza, who did not witness the robbery, said she froze when the rowdy started at the mall.
“A waitress came out of the restaurant and told us to come in. I wish I had reacted better because we could have been in danger,” she said.
No one was injured in the flight, Nelson said. The sergeant noted that there had been an initial report of gunshots, but police later determined it was the sound of breaking glass.
Similar robberies have plagued jewelry stores in Los Angeles County in recent months.