A smash-and-grab robbery attempt at a jewelry store in Bella Terra mall in Huntington Beach resulted in a melee as the storeâ€™s employees refused to let the business be ransacked without a fight. At about noon on Sunday, four hooded robbers entered Princess Bride Diamonds and began using hammers to smash display cases full of valuable jewelry.
The employees, including a brother and sister who work for their father at the family-owned business, responded by punching and kicking the attackers. One young woman even smashed an intruder over the head with a chair. Within seconds, the would-be thieves decided to retreat.
The Baca family has been in the diamond business for years, but this was the first such attack they faced. â€œWe had an idea that it could happen, but itâ€™s always different when it actually does happen,â€ said employee Dallas Baca. Baca added that the focus was on forcing the intruders to leave.
â€œAt some point while I was fighting them, one of them actually hit me in the head with a hammer, on the side of my left temple, but I didnâ€™t even register it until after they left because there was so much like adrenaline going on,â€ Baca added. The owners of the jewelry store said theyâ€™re not sure what, if anything, was taken. Posted by CZ