Burglars strike Manhattan Beach jewelry store in broad daylight


On Friday night, Manhattan Beach police were called to the scene of an armed robbery at a jewelry store where witnesses saw about eight suspects smash windows and flee with an unknown amount of merchandise.

The incident happened at Pasha Fine Jewelry at 217 Manhattan Beach Blvd., just before 7 p.m.

According to the MBPD press release, the suspects used hammers to smash the windows and at least three of them appeared to be armed with what appeared to be handguns, although no shots were fired. drawn.

Eyewitness video showed the suspects running out of the jewelry store across the street into an alley where they entered waiting vehicles, which then fled south.

“This was not just a crime against one person or a business. It was a crime against our entire community,” Manhattan Beach Mayor Steve Napolitano said. “An armed robbery in broad daylight in our downtown area could have resulted in serious injury and death. To those who committed it, please know that MBPD is devoting all of its resources to catch, prosecute and imprison you. We We will be adding additional patrols in our town center and in our commercial and residential areas.I want to assure the community that public safety is always the number 1 priority of your local council and the MBPD has our full support.

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, who is facing a recall election and has been criticized for being too soft on criminals, tweeted about the armed robberies on Saturday.

Anyone with information about the theft has been asked to call Det. Ian Mikelson at 310-802-5121 or the Manhattan Beach Police Department Tip Line at 310-802-5171 for those who wish to remain anonymous.


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