The incident happened around noon at the Princess Bride jewelry store in Bella Terra Mall, according to police. The store’s surveillance video captured the ordeal.
The video shows four hooded people entering the jewelry store. The first suspect then hits the front jewelry box with a hammer.
At this point, a store clerk is seen running out and beginning to attack one of the robbery suspects.
Another employee quickly swings and kicks.
The video also shows another employee joining the mix with a bar stool.
The employees fended off all four robbers successfully.
“This is the first time I’ve seen anything like this recorded,” said retired LAPD detective Moses Castillo.
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One of the suspects can be seen in the video reaching into a broken jewelry box, but on Sunday night a note on the shop window read: “Luckily they couldn’t get anything.”
Although the store clerks were successful in their fight, one of the clerks was hit with a hammer.
Experts warn that it is dangerous to fight back in such a situation.
“They’re lucky the villains didn’t have guns, they could have been killed,” said law enforcement expert Bruce Thomas.
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Officials say no major injuries were reported and the suspects fled the area before police arrived.
The investigations are ongoing.
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