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2 arrested in heist of 40-50 luxury watches from Costa Mesa shop

August 3, 2011 |  6:50 am

Costa 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 glass front door, which was locked. They also smashed 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 by smashing the glass may have been mistaken for gunshots, according to the Daily Pilot.

The suspects were later arrested in Huntington Beach, police said. They were "initially arrested for suspicion of robbery as part of this investigation," the news release said, noting that two Airsoft replica handguns were found with the suspects. Anyone with information related to the case is asked to contact Sgt. Ed Everett at (714) 754-5395 or Det. Scott Stafford at (714) 754-5363.


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Image: Map show where two men reportedly made off with 40 to 50 high-priced watches in Costa Mesa. Source: Google Maps