COSTA MESA — Two men who may have been involved in a Tuesday morning heist at a Costa Mesa watch store were arrested in Huntington Beach, officials said.
About 11:48 a.m., Costa Mesa police responded to a robbery alarm at the Watch Connection, 3033 Bristol St., where two suspects wearing ski masks had reportedly made off with 40 to 50 high-priced watches. Police said the suspects entered the store after smashing their way through the locked front door made of glass. They also smashed the glass display cases inside the store to get the items, according to a release issued late Tuesday by Costa Mesa police.
Police believe the noise made from the smashing may have been mistaken for gunshots.
Store employees spotted the masked men approaching the door, and moved to a back room to activate the alarm.
No one was injured during the robbery.
Police said the suspects were seen fleeing the scene in a stolen white Honda Accord. The car was later found abandoned, its engine still running, at a townhouse complex around the corner from the Watch Connection, on Randolph Avenue near Baker Street.