A man who attempted to clean out a jewelry store in Marina del Rey got a free trip to jail instead, thanks to some quick thinking by one of the store’s employees.
The would-be bandit walked into Ozel Jewelers in the Waterside at Marina del Rey shopping complex at about 6:50 p.m. on March 23 and began making demands from store employees, said Sgt. Michael Mitchell of the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station.
“They told me that he kept saying, ‘Give me everything, give me everything,’” store owner Jacob Tekin said of the employees in the store at the time. “They saw the handle of a gun sticking out of his waistband but they didn’t know if it was real or not.”
One of the workers went to the back of the store on the pretense of collecting jewelry and called 911, Tekin said.
The suspect was arrested outside the store. Mitchell would not identify the man or say whether he had a real gun.
Deputies had received a call earlier about a man with a possible gun near the upscale outdoor mall and were nearby to make the arrest, Mitchell said.