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Posted: 5:19 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012
HAYWARD, Calif. —
Police arrested two people in connection with a robbery where a masked man threatened a Hayward jewelry store worker with mace and a hammer.
A man went inside the Southland Mall Tuesday at around 12:15 p.m. armed with two weapons and stole more than $140,000 in jewelry from the Diamond Ring Company.
“One individual went inside the store,” said Hayward police Sgt. Mark Ormsby. “He was armed with mace and a hammer and smashed a jewelry display case.”
Police said the suspect then left the mall and met up with another man waiting in a car outside. The two sped off and were later chased by officers who caught them shortly after about a mile away.
“The vehicle came to a stop at Calaroga and Peterman, where the vehicle stopped on its own with several vehicles behind him,” Ormsby said. “The driver was detained inside the vehicle.”
Police said the passenger ran and jumped several fences in people's backyards.
Police found him a half an hour later about a mile away and took him into custody.
Mall employees said it was a frightening chain of events because the robbery took place next to Santa's workshop where children were taking pictures with Santa Clause.
Police said these types of robberies are on the rise during the holiday season.
“We want to make sure ultimately the people going to the mall feel safe, and we were very pleased that we were able to take them into custody,” Ormsby said.
The mall has since increased its security.
Police said the suspects may have arrived in a stolen car and left in a different one.
Both men are now facing charges of robbery and fleeing from police.
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