DALY CITY (CBS SF/BCN) – Four smash-and-grab suspects have been arrested in connection with a brazen robbery at a jewelry store in the Serramonte Center mall that was recorded on cellphone video, officials said. authorities.
Daly City Police say officers responding to Wednesday night’s robbery saw a Lexus vehicle speed away from the area and pursued it as it headed south on the Interstate Highway 280. The Lexus then turned onto Interstate Highway 380 eastbound, exiting at North Access Road near the airport. .
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However, as the Lexus pulled off the freeway, it crashed into a cement barrier and then struck another vehicle, police said.
After the collision, officers immediately arrested the driver and another passenger, while two other passengers fled the scene on foot. Other law enforcement agencies were able to assist and apprehend the two outstanding suspects.
After arresting the four, officers determined that a total of seven people entered the jewelry store and smashed the windows with hammers. Investigators were still trying to identify the three other suspects still at large.
Video posted to social media showed the armed robbery at Infinity Jewelers in the mall.
Infinity Jewelers manager Grace James was standing near the front of the store when several young men approached. The robbery took place after 7 p.m. Wednesday, less than an hour before the mall closed.
“All of a sudden – I was just standing there – they all came at once and started banging on our stuff,” James said. “I felt so violated, because look at it happening in front of my face, and there’s nothing I can do about it. I was just screaming. I want to protect my store, but there’s nothing you can do.
At least seven people with their faces covered and wearing hoodies and dark clothing are seen in the video; three were running out when the video started and four others are seen smashing windows in the front of the store and grabbing items before running away as well.
Within seconds, the thieves stole thousands of dollars in Rolexes, rings, chains and anything else they could get their hands on.
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A security guard is seen running towards the store at the end of the video.
Video of the Serramonte Mall jewelry store in Daly City, California being stolen by a group of thieves. pic.twitter.com/NnJEIDsesP
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Madison McGough also witnessed the smash and grab.
“I heard it from inside the store, so I didn’t see it right away,” McGough said. “It sounded like a gunshot to me, just from what I’ve heard of gunshots in movies and stuff. It was just like ‘Bang! Smack!'”
The robbery is just the latest in a string of brazen thefts across the Bay Area from major retailers, including drugstores and high-end chains like Neiman Marcus.
“Honestly, it’s kind of scary how bold they get, and they don’t even try to hide it,” McGough added.
James said that in the three years that the jewelry store had been open, nothing like this had happened.
“We heard about San Jose, the Great Mall, Hayward; but we never thought it would happen here, because it’s like little Manila,” James said.
When asked what she would say to suspects, she replied, “God, guys, get a job. It’s very scary.
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No one was injured in the burglary. Infinity Jewelers said it was still accounting for total losses.