Smash-and-Grab Thieves Get Away With $30,000 Worth of Jewelry, Still At Large

Video surveillance still-frame from a Fullerton robbery.
Video surveillance still-frame from a Fullerton robbery.

Santa Ana authorities are looking for a group of men who may be part of a string of simple smash-and-grab crimes in Santa Ana, Fullerton and Anaheim.


The most recent incident occurred on Monday, when a group of three men wearing dark, hooded sweat shirts that hid their faces raced into a Santa Ana jewelry store and up to the counter. One man smashed the glass with a hammer, while the other two grabbed as much jewelry as possible, and then the group ran out. 

The suspects ran out of the shop and hopped into a dark-gray vehicle, which was driven by another individual. 

The shop owner described the suspects as black men in their early 20s. If this incident is, in fact, related to previous incidents, someone has some explaining to do. In a very similar incident in late December, suspects were described as Hispanic men in their early 20s.


Officials are worried they may have a case of copycat criminals on their hands. They've described the criminals as "well-organized." Really? All these guys are doing is smashing glass, grabbing crap and hopping in a car. Not exactly Ocean's Eleven-type intelligence here.

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