A robbery against a jewelry store at the Bella Terra mall in Huntington Beach, California led to a scuffle because store employees refused to let the business be ransacked without permission. fight.
Around noon on Sunday, four hooded robbers entered Princess Bride Diamonds and began smashing a display case full of valuables with hammers.
The employees, including a brother and sister who worked for their father at the family-owned business, responded by punching and kicking the attackers. One young woman even hit the intruder on the head with a chair.
Within seconds, the thieves will decide to retreat.
The Baca family had been in the diamond business for many years, but this was the first attack they had faced.
“We had the idea that it could happen, but it was always different when it actually happened,” said employee Dallas Baca.
Baca added that the focus was on forcing the intruders to leave.
“At some point while I was fighting them, one of them actually hit me with a hammer to the head, to my left temple, but I didn’t even register it for until they leave because there’s a lot of adrenaline. going on,” Baca added.
“I am very happy that everyone is fine. I’m glad our team got together and we were able to fight and stop what was happening,” added colleague Sarah Baca, who confirmed they called the police shortly after. attack.
Sarah Baca was also the employee who hit the attacker with a chair while he was targeting Lily, another employee.
“I picked a chair and hit a guy on the head who was attacking Lily,” Sarah Baca said.
Other workers in the mall said the attack made everyone in the mall nervous, but they were glad the jewelry store employees fought back.
“We were pretty scared. People were fighting, so I just told people to come into our store,” said Kyle Sary, who works at a nearby surf shop. “I guess they went into the store and broke some things but the family was against them, which was good for them, right?”
Jewelry store owners said they weren’t sure what, if anything, was taken.
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