A smash-and-grab robbery occurred Thursday morning at Kevin Jewelers in the Brea Mall, the second one after a similar crime at the same mall in April and part of a wave of such heists around Southern California this year.
Four males with hoodies and masks entered the store with hammers around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 and took an undisclosed amount of jewelry, police said.
Officers searched the area, but the suspects were not found, the police department said in a tweet.
ACTIVE INVESTIGATION: On September 15, 2022 at approximately 11:33 AM officers responded to Kevin Jewelers in Brea for a smash and grab robbery. Officers searched the area for the suspects and they were not located.
— Brea Police Dept (@BreaPD) September 15, 2022
In April, two men in hoodies with sledgehammers robbed Kay Jewelers at the mall. A string of smash-and-grab robberies have occurred at shopping malls and jewelry stores across Southern California.
Several jewelry stores in the San Gabriel Valley have been hit with smash-and-grab robberies this year. In May, three robbers hit an El Monte jewelry store, with a loss that may have totaled about $1 million.
There were more than 35 smash-and-grab jewelry store robberies in California since May of 2021 — a number disproportionate to other states, John Kennedy, president of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, said in April. The alliance is an industry nonprofit organization formed in 1883 after a spree of jewelry store robberies struck New York City.
Source: Orange County Register