Failed jewel robbery reported in Arcadia; victims apparently followed home from gem show

ARCADIA — A group of gunmen fled empty-handed after trying to rob a married couple returning home from a jewelry show late Saturday, police said.
The crime took place just before 9 p.m. as a 41-year-old man and his wife, 44, arrived at their house near Lovell and Camino Real avenues after attending a jewelry show at the Orange County Fair and Events Center, Arcadia police Lt. Colleen Flores said.
“(They) had just pulled into their driveway, when an older black Honda occupied by four males stopped behind the couple and blocked the driveway,” Sgt. Tom Le Veque said in a written statement.
Two of the men jumped out of the Honda and and pointed handguns at the couple, who ran away unharmed.
“The suspects proceeded to smash out a couple of windows on the victim’s vehicle in order to gain entry,” Le Veque said. They fled when they found nothing of value inside.
“There was no loss, since the victims contract with a security service who removed all jewelry at the conclusion of the show. The victims had no valuables with them at the time of the crime,” Le Veque said.
The victims, who are in the jewelry business, believed they were followed home from the trade show by the robbers, police said.
According to the Orange County Fair and Event Center website, the “Gem Faire” trade show was being held at the venue over the weekend.
The failed thieves were described only as Latino men between 20 and 30 years old, wearing dark clothing.
Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia police detectives at 626-574-5160.

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