LAKEWOOD — Three men wielding small sledgehammers took about $312,500 in merchandise from a Lakewood Center Mall jewelry store, but two suspects were arrested after the heist went awry, Sheriff's deputies said.
Witnesses told deputies that the three suspects entered Zales Jewelers around 10 a.m. Friday and began smashing the display cases with the hammers.
John Anselmo, a mall employee, told deputies he was vacuuming near the jewelry store when he heard a loud crash. Anselmo said he turned and asked one of the suspects, "What are you doing?"
Anselmo said the man came at him with a hammer, so he ran and shouted for help. Witnesses said each of the suspects then grabbed a tray of women's rings and, with many rings falling as they ran, dashed out of the mall to a waiting car.