Two suspects were arrested after a smash-and-grab robbery at the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, California was stopped by some Marines.
The Marines were at a nearby military recruitment center in the mall when the crime unfolded.
According to Torrance police, four people wearing hoodies used hammers to smash the glass of a jewelry store’s display cases.
They were grabbing as much jewelry as they could when the Marines stepped in and said not on my watch.
Two of the suspects escaped, but the other two were taken to the ground by Marine recruiters who got help from bystanders. A man who watched the scene unfold said:
“It was the Marines. The Marine Corps.
“They stepped up, they tackled them down.
“Two got away, two got tackled down, and they stepped it up. That’s enough.
“Time to fight back.”
Marine recruiters help take down smash-and-grab suspects in Torrance https://t.co/d0tN2lzO2b via @YouTube
— John Martinez (@Coleshsmartinez) December 23, 2022
The Torrance Police Department said,
“Smash and Grab Robbery Arrests: Last night, officers responded to several masked suspects armed with hammers & gloves stealing from a jewelry store within the mall.
“As they attempted to flee, nearby military personnel & bystanders held 2 suspects until officers arrived.
“The suspects were transported to jail for booking.
“Great work to all involved including Marine Corps Recruiting South Bay!”
According to Fox11:
Two minors were taken into custody.
Police also said that they were able to recover a “large amount” of jewelry from the scene.