SANTA MONICA—A jewelry store inside the shopping center Santa Monica Place was burglarized on Sunday, April 24, a manager of Santa Monica Place confirmed to Canyon News. Three people were arrested for the smash-and-grab robbery, according to reports.
Around 4 p.m. on Sunday, the Santa Monica Police Department was called with reports of shots fired at the Ben Bridge jewelry store. The suspects had entered the jewelry store with hammers and ski masks, broke the glass shelves and left with a large amount of jewelry. No one was hurt during the incident.
Witnesses reported two suspects fleeing in a white Chevy Tahoe. Shortly afterwards, the responding officers saw the vehicle headed eastbound on the 10 Freeway and a pursuit ensued. The chase ended at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Cotner Avenue in the Sawtelle neighborhood of L.A.’s Westside.
With the assistance of air and ground units the Los Angeles Police Department caught three suspects, two males and one female. The suspects are believed to be the two burglars and one getaway driver.
Each of the suspects were arrested on the charges of armed robbery and evading police officers. Their identities have not been released. The Santa Monica Police Department was able to recover a significant amount of jewelry and no firearms were found.
Canyon News was unable to reach the Santa Monica Police Department for comment.