Authorities responded to a report of a robbery at the Ben Bridge Jewelers at Brea Mall, which is located right next to the Brea Police Department, at 7:54 p.m. Two male suspects entered the store and used a sledge hammer to smash display cases containing Rolex watches, police said.
When officers arrived, they observed two suspects running past the Civic Center. One suspect was arrested after a brief foot chase, but the second suspect got away.
A sledge hammer and a bag of watches from the store was found nearby. It was not yet known if everything that was stolen from the store was recovered.
Anyone with information is urged to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.