At least four armed robbers were seen on surveillance video taking jewelry from a store at the Shops at Mission Viejo mall Wednesday.
The robbers took an unknown amount of Rolex watches and jewelry from Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers during the incident, which was first tweeted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 12:19 p.m.
Surveillance video showed the robbers using hand-held tools to break glass display cases full of jewelry.
Once the glass was broken, the robbers scooped the contents of the cases into the sacks they were carrying and fled the store.
Others in the store took cover as at least one of the robbers brandished a firearm.
The robbers were all wearing dark-colored hooded sweatshirts during the incident, which lasted about 60 seconds.
Some people near the incident mistook the sound of breaking glass for gunshots, according to Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
No shots were fired and no injures were reported, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
The robbers were said to all be men and were apparently armed, according to the Sheriff’s Department’s tweet.
They were suspected of changing vehicles after making their getaway and conflicting descriptions of the robbers were given to officials so descriptions were not available, Hallock said.
The stolen watches were fixed with tracking devices, which led investigators to the northbound 405 Freeway between Beach Boulevard and Newland Street in the Huntington Beach area.
Witnesses told sheriff’s officials they saw bags being thrown out of a vehicle, and video of the scene showed watches on the roadway. However, Hallock said they could not immediately confirm the objects found were the stolen watches.
“The suspects were described as male, African-Americans, wearing black masks and clothing,” according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery was asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 714-647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.
KTLA’s Ashley Soley-Cerro, Kennedy Ryan and Feven Kiflegiorgis contributed to this report.