Masked robbers steal $175,000 in jewelry from mall kiosk in El Monte

EL MONTE — Two masked gunmen fled with an estimated $175,000 worth of gold jewelry after robbing a local shop Thursday.
El Monte Police Sgt. Michael Buckhannon said no one was injured in the 5:48 p.m. robbery at 10933 Valley Mall.
Two men wearing masks, dressed in dark clothing and carrying handguns entered one of the kiosks, according to Buckhannon.
They said something to the employee. There was a language barrier, police said.
When the woman was unable to respond to their demands, Buckhannon said the two suspects smashed the glass display case.
It wasn’t clear if the robber used the guns or something else to break the display case.
The employee had taken cover behind the counter, he said.
After the robbery, a dark-colored vehicle was spotted leaving. It was last seen heading westbound on Valley Boulevard.

- Ruby Gonzales

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