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Police are investigating a smash and grab robbery at Philadelphia Mills mall.
Investigators say three suspects entered the shopping center on the 1700 block of Franklin Mills Circle at 10:26 a.m. Wednesday and went inside the Zales Jewelry Store. Once inside, the men began smashing the glass cases with sledgehammers.
“It was a very scary moment,” said Maria Feliciano, who works at the nearby Signature Perfume store. “Everyone just stopped and people started to run out and I just hear these noises that sounded like gunshots but I guess they were the hammers put in the glass. I just stood there for a second and didn’t know what to do. I kind of panicked and shut my gate.”
Police say the suspects took an unknown amount of gold and diamond rings before fleeing the store.
“They grabbed the jewelry,” said a witness, who did not want to be identified. “They took it and put it in the bag.”
The suspects were last seen running in the mall and may have exited near the Dave and Buster’s red entrance, according to officials. Investigators say they then drove off in a silver or blue Hatchback, possibly a Kia or Toyota, with an unknown tag.
The first suspect is described as a thin black male wearing all black clothing with a black hoody over his head. The second suspect is described as a heavy set black male wearing a red hoody and black pants. The third suspect is described as a medium built black male wearing a hoody and black pants.
If you have any information on the robbery, please call Philadelphia Police.