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Police are searching for a pair of thieves who stole items from a jewelry store in California on Friday night.
The incident was reported just before 7 p.m. at a Kay Jewelers in Brea Mall, about 25 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, police said.
The male suspects used hammers to smash display cases in the jewelry store before stealing merchandise and fleeing the scene, the Brea Police Department tweeted.
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“The suspects are exceptional and we ask that you avoid the Brea Mall area,” the department wrote.
Some witnesses reported hearing gunshots, but police said they determined it was actually the sound of hammers hitting the glass.
Police have yet to say if anyone was injured in the robbery and as of Saturday morning no arrests have been announced.
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Police posted a photo of the suspects on Twitter, which they described as two black men in their late teens or early twenties, weighing 170 to 180 pounds. Police said they were between 5ft 9in and 6ft tall.
They were last seen wearing black hoodies, red sweatpants and face masks.
The city of Los Angeles has seen an increase in thefts and burglaries, which follows statewide trends of increased crime since the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, many organized crime gangs targeted high-end retail stores in armed robbery up and down the Golden State.
Police have yet to provide more information about Friday’s armed robbery.
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The investigation is ongoing.