SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Police in Santa Monica are on the hunt for two armed men who robbed a jewelry business last month before pepper-spraying everyone in the store.
The robbery — at Cabochon Fine Jewelry — occurred at approximately 1:20 p.m. on Friday, November 30.
Victims told officers that two suspects had entered the store, located at 1426 Montana Avenue, and sprayed everyone with pepper spray. The suspects then used a hammer to smash a jewelry case and stole several pieces of jewelry.
The suspects fled through the front door.
Both suspects were described as male blacks, in their 20’s to 30’s, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall. During the robbery the men used masks to cover their faces. The suspect vehicle was described as a late 90’s Honda 4-door, dark in color.
Detectives learned that two similarly described subjects had entered another jewelry store — located on Wilshire Boulevard — and posed as customers earlier that same day. Police released the accompanying surveillance photo hoping to identify the suspects in the Montana Avenue robbery.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to contact Detective HeeSeok Ahn at (310) 458-8452 or Sergeant Ira Rutan at (310) 458-8959 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.