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Video Shows California Diamond Shop Employees Fighting Off Thieves

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Shocking surveillance footage shows California jewelry store workers fighting back after several smash-and-grabber thieves rushed into the shop and tried to get away with gems.

FOX 5 San Diego has obtained the video showing at least four hoodie-wearing individuals clashing at Princess Bride Diamonds, located in the Bella Terra mall in Huntington Beach. One of the suspects uses a hammer to open a glass display case, while others rush in carrying backpacks.

But the store employees quickly sprang into action, running towards the would-be thieves. Employees, including a brother and sister who work for their store owner father, begin punching and kicking the thieves. A third worker is seen grabbing a stool and knocking it over an intruder’s head.

At least two of the suspects swing hammers at the employees as they try to flee before eventually fleeing the scene, and the workers closed the store doors as they fled.


Princess Bride Diamonds surveillance video shows workers battling thieves and catching thieves at the Bella Terra mall in Huntington Beach, California.
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“At one point while I was fighting them, one of them hit me in the head with a hammer, on the side of my left temple, but I didn’t even register it before they left because that there was so much adrenaline going on,” Dallas employee Baca, whose father owns the store, told FOX 5.

He said his family had been in the diamond business for years, but this was the first attempted robbery he had personally experienced.

“We had an idea it might happen, but it’s always different when it actually happens,” he said.

Her sister, Sarah Baca, said she was the one who took a chair to defend another worker, Lily.

“I grabbed a chair and hit the guy who was attacking Lily on the head,” Sarah Baca said. “I’m just glad everyone is okay. I’m glad our team came together and we were able to fight and stop what was happening.”

Employees said they called police after the attack. They weren’t immediately sure if the suspects had managed to take anything from the store before being kicked out.

An employee at another store in the mall said the incident left shoppers and staff nervous.


“We were kind of freaked out. Everyone was scrambling, so I just told everyone to come to our store,” Kyle Sary, who works at a nearby surf shop, told FOX 5. I guess they walked into the store, broke some things, but the family pushed them away, good for them, right?”

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