Armed robbery in a jewelry store foiled by employees


HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KCAL/KCBS) – Some street thieves got more than they bargained for when they visited a jewelry store in California over the weekend.

The employees fought back and the thieves fled empty-handed.

There are two things that are vital in a smash-and-grab: the smash, which one of the four suspects involved accomplished by smashing two display cases. And the catch.

But that’s where they failed.

Would-be thieves got nothing thanks to employees of Princess Bride Diamonds in Huntington Beach, California.

An employee can be seen on video running behind a computer to go after a guy.

The woman behind the counter then springs into action, chasing several robbers and knocking one to the ground.

Seemingly out of nowhere, a third employee brandishes a high chair to push them away.

David Clark and Audrey Tate are customers of the jewelry store.

“It was cool to see them fight,” Clark said. “Yeah, that was awesome.”

Speaking of “Princess Bride,” Clark and Tate said they have a special connection to the boutique.

“We live across the street and David got our engagement ring from here, so we care a lot about the staff,” Tate said. “We’re just sad to see what happened.”

The couple said they recognized some of the employees in the video, including a man they believe was their engagement ring consultant.

“We already respected him, but I thought it was so cool for him to fight them like that,” Clark said.

Fortunately, no one in the store was injured. As for the suspects, the police are still looking for all four of them.

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