It took 24 carat stones to dissuade this jewel thief.
Employees at a jewelry store in Los Angeles County pounced on a robber Saturday with such ferocity that the would-be crook ran away in horror, horrifying video footage shows.
The attempted broad daylight robbery occurred at approximately 2:12 p.m. at Meza’s Jewelry in El Monte. police told KABC.
“Me, my uncle and my father dragged him out,” an employee who asked not to be named told the outlet of the dramatic videotaped fight.
In the footage, workers can be seen hitting, kicking and even hitting the robber with a stick before ripping his shirt off as he slips back out the door and runs down the street, his pants falling off.
“I was trying to defend my family because, as you could see, he hit my father and my uncle,” the clerk said of the fight.
Two people from the store tried to follow the man down the street before he disappeared, footage shows.
The startling incident began when the person entered the store armed with a hammer and smashed a display case, one of the witnesses said.
The man also used pepper spray against the workers who run a family business, police told KABC.
Several employees were treated for minor injuries, they added.
As of Sunday afternoon, the suspect – who has not been publicly named – remains at large.
El Monte police could not immediately be reached for comment.
The attempted robbery at Meza’s is the latest in a disturbing spate of robberies across Southern California.
Just last week, a horde of masked thieves broke into a Sherman Oaks Macy’s in a broad daylight robbery, stunning ordinary shoppers.
The group – all around 20 years old according to the description – brazenly filled large sacks with goods before escaping in two cars.