Smash-and-grab thieves stormed a jewelry store armed with hammers and pepper spray, but to their surprise the owner had a gun, KCAL-TV reported.
Were they caught?
Police are still looking for the duo that attempted to rob Dana Kathryn Jewelry in Studio City, California, on May 25, the report states.
Security footage obtained by KCAL shows a man spraying a canister of pepper spray at the owner and two customers. Another man pulled out a hammer and began bashing the jewelry cases.
Victoria Offerman told the TV station she ran into the store after hearing the commotion from a business located next door.
“We all work so hard and it’s not fair for someone to come in and take what’s not theirs,” said Offerman, who works at Emerald Forest.
At one point, one of the suspects swung a hammer at the store owner while she was out of the security camera's view.
“That changed the game there. Turned basically from a smash and grab burglary into a robbery,” Los Angeles Police Department Detective Jennifer Hammer told the TV station.
The suspects did not steal any merchandise because their hammers could not break through the cases, according to the report.
One of them tried to hammer his way out of the front door when he realized the door was locked and he had to be “buzzed out.”
By that time, the owner was able to pull out her registered gun and fire off a shot before they escaped, according to the report.
The pepper spray was so thick in the air that police had to wear protective suits, the TV station reported.
“It was a heavy duty pepper spray. It’s not your usual small canister. It’s like the kind you would use for a bear,” said Hammer.
The store owner declined to be interviewed on air, KCAL reported.
Offerman told the TV station that people in the shopping center are sticking together.
“I believe in the power of this community and that if everyone can see this video and see these men,” said Offerman. “If anyone recognizes them to bring these men to justice.”