During a stressful smash-and-grab heist, a Manhattan Beach jewellery store employee pulled out a revolver and shot at five suspects, according to new video.
The incident occurred at Prestige Jewellers on N Sepulveda Boulevard shortly after 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Daring Manhattan Beach Jewelry Store Robbery Foiled by Employee’s Gunfire
A startling CCTV video shows multiple personnel assisting a couple inside a Manhattan Beach jewellery store. The tranquil scene is abruptly disturbed when five suspects barge inside the restaurant. Another individual, possibly a sixth accomplice, was holding the door open for them.
The burglars, armed with hammers, begin smashing glass display cases, quickly taking valuable objects and quickly stashing them in black plastic boxes. The daring of these crooks is shown by the brazenness of the crime and the coordinated nature of the attack.
The employee fires at least one bullet at the suspects within seconds. When they heard gunfire, they ran out of the store. According to authorities, the suspects fled in multiple cars that were waiting outside.
The suspects were not immediately identified, but video showed the majority of them wearing hoodies, gloves, and masks. It’s unknown whether any of them were hit by gunshots.
Manhattan Beach Jewelry Store Robbery Prompts Investigation, Recalling Similar 2014 Heist
There were no other documented workplace injuries.
Back in 2014, a similar heist occurred at a jewellery store in Manhattan Beach. With a history of such instances, the store owners are confident that the video footage collected will be helpful. This recent incident may have been critical in assisting law enforcement in identifying and apprehending the culprits.
Call Detective Hartnell at 310-802-5127 or the Manhattan Beach Police Department Tip Line at 310-802-5171 if you have any information.
Those who desire to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.