REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- The Macy's at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach was evacuated on Thursday following reports of a possible armed theft suspect.
Redondo Beach police received multiple calls from shoppers around noon about a man inside the store smashing cases and stealing Movado brand watches.
Police later confirmed the suspect used the handle of a handgun to smash the display cases before grabbing the watches and running towards a nearby exit.
Out of precaution, police evacuated the store and closed off all the entry ways as they searched for the suspect, who was described as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s in dark pants with a shaved head. He was also last seen wearing a black shirt and leather-style jacket.
After conducting a security sweep, it was determined that the suspect fled the location after committing the robbery, according Redondo Beach police.
About $5,500 worth of Movado watches were lost, according to authorities.
The South Bay Galleria mall remained open with normal operations, police said, though some stores in the mall voluntarily closed.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Redondo Beach Police Department Investigations Unit at (310) 379-2477.
Redondo Beach police say armed robber steals $5K in Movado watches from Macy's