Police investigate ‘smash and grab’ robbery at Brea Mall jewelry store


Brea police are investigating a “smash and grab” robbery at a mall jewelry store Friday night, authorities said.

The incident was reported just before 7 p.m. at Kay Jewelers in the Brea Mall, police said on Twitter.


Two male suspects used hammers to break glass cases and grab merchandise before fleeing, officials said. Investigators declined to disclose how much jewelry was taken.

Multiple people on social media reported that they heard gunshots at the mall, but police said the sound was from the thieves’ hammers.

Police tweeted a photo of the suspects, who they described as being in their late teens or early 20s and were last seen wearing black hoodies and red sweatpants.

No arrests had yet been made as of Saturday morning, said Lt. Chris Hadad of the Brea Police Department. Anyone with information was asked to call Det. Celmer at (714) 990-7741.