Arcadia jewelry store robbed

ARCADIA — Two men escaped with an undisclosed amount of jewelry after a smash-and-grab robbery in a mall jewelry store, police said Thursday.
The crime was reported about 8 p.m Tuesday at Ben Bridge Jeweler in the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall, 400 S. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia police said in a written statement.
One robber entered the store and asked a clerk about appraisals, police said. A second robber then entered the store, and both walked behind the jewelry display cases, according to the statement.
When a store employee confronted the intruders, officials said, they brandished a handgun and demanded the keys to the display.
Unable to open the display cases, the robbers smashed open several of them and helped themselves to jewelry, officials added.
Police described the robbers as two tall, thin black men in their early 20s.
One wore a white, button-down, long-sleeve cotton shirt, baggy jeans, a cream colored ball cap and white tennis shoes, the statement said. The second robber wore similar clothing, but with a dark jacket and dark tennis shoes.
They were last seen leaving the area in a white Dodge Charger with paper license plates, police added.
Neither of the two female clerks working at the time were injured, Arcadia police Sgt. Tom Le Veque said.
The robbery was captured by a surveillance camera, he added, though the tape was not available for public distribution Thursday.
Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia police detectives at 626-574-5160.

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