Robbery In Great Mall Sends Shoppers Into A Frenzy

Jennifer Hodges
August 26, 2019 - 9:58 am
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MILPITAS – A smash-and-grab robbery at a jewelry store inside the Great Mall in Milpitas created a panic among shoppers that there was possibly a mass shooting. 

Three suspects walked into Diamonds by Chainary, smashed glass cases, and grabbed high-end jewelry, according to authorities. The mall was evacuated just before 8:00 p.m., moments before stores closed for the day. 

Frenzied shoppers initially called emergency responders and turned to social media to wrongly claim that there was a shooting in the mall.

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"First of all, I want to tell you there was no evidence of an active shooter,” Milpitas Police Capt. Raj Maharaj, confirmed. “There are no victims, there's nobody hurt.”

Maharaj said that it could have been the sounds of glass breaking that prompted people to call in with reports of shots fired. 

"Well, that's what the suspects are doing. They're shattering the glass and the display cases to get to the jewelry. So, again, as people are running out, people are posting things on social media saying there is an active shooter," Maharaj said. "And that's why the response you see here today are supervisors on scene called the San Jose Police Department, the Sheriff's Office, the California Highway Patrol."

The three suspects have yet to be found.