One man was in custody and another was at large Thursday after a smash-and-grab burglary at a jewelry store near the Brea Police Department, officials said.
At 7:54 p.m. Wednesday, Brea police received a report of a robbery at the Ben Bridge Jewelers inside the Brea Mall, according to a news release issued by the department. Two men had fled the store on foot after using a sledge hammer to smash display cases containing Rolex watches, the release said.
The shopping mall is located less than half a mile from the Brea Civic and Cultural Center, which houses Brea police headquarters (map).
“I don’t think they were the brightest criminals,” said Lt. Darrin Devereaux. “I don’t think they did a whole lot of homework on the relationship between the mall and how close it was to the Police Department.”
Officers saw the two men as they ran past the Civic Center, authorities said.
One of the men was captured after a brief foot pursuit. He was later identified as Lionel Tony Holloway, 29, of Los Angeles, according to police. The other man remained at large.
During a search of the area where the chase occurred, officers discovered and a bag of watches that had been stolen from the store, and a sledgehammer, the news release said. It was unknown if all of the stolen property had been recovered.