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Brea Mall smash-and-grab robbery: Suspects target Ben Bridge Jeweler

Police search for evidence in a smash-and-grab robbery at Brea Mall on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

March 27, 2014 4:41:59 AM PDT
One suspect is in custody and another remains outstanding following a brazen robbery at a jewelry store at Brea Mall Wednesday.

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.