A pistol-packing storeowner drove off five would-be robbers with gunfire last week, according to Garden Grove police.
Continental Jewelry, 12032 Brookhurst St. was the site of the incident, which took place on July 26. According to Lt. Jeff Nightengale, a white Ford sports utility vehicle was backed up to the front of the store and five men walked in.
All five were masked and wearing gloves, and two of them were armed. Three suspects carried pillowcases and demanded money.
The female owner of the store, fearful the gunmen might shoot store employees or a customer, picked up her own handgun and fired two shots at the suspects, causing them to flee. One of the intruders fired a round into the ceiling as he left.
According to Lt. Nightengale, the suspects – all described as being African Americans around 20 years old – fled in the Ford. There were no injuries and the only loss was a cell phone taken from the customer.
Garden Grove police are asking for the public’s help in getting information about the robbery and the suspects involved. Anyone who can help is asked to call Investigator Wasinger at (714) 741-5800.