Police: Armed man robs jewelry store at Fashion Valley Mall; thief took off with luxury watches

SAN DIEGO - Police in San Diego are searching for a man who they say robbed a jewelry store inside the Fashion Valley Mall at gunpoint Saturday.

The high-end heist occurred just after 6:30 p.m. at Royal Maui Jewelers, near Bloomingdale's inside the mall. Officers told 10News a man walked into the shop, threatened a clerk with a handgun, then took off with an undisclosed amount of luxury watches and jewelry.

"We have robbery detectives on the scene and they are going over any potential video, any other evidence as far as fingerprints, things like that," explained Lt. Paul Rorrison with the San Diego Police Department. 

Rorrison said a clerk followed the man a few feet out of the store, and witnessed him walking to the east end of the mall towards Bloomingdale's, into a parking lot, crossing paths with hundreds of shoppers outside.

"It's kind of scary because we could've been in the store," explained shopper Becky Arce. "It's terrifying to know that anyone can just walk in and do that out of nowhere."

Robbery detectives are checking surveillance video from inside the store, and from nearby businesses for a clear look of the man.

The gunman was described as a white male in his 50s, about 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, and last seen wearing black-rimmed glasses, a long brown sleeved shirt and khaki pants.

Anyone with information was urged to call San Diego police at 619-531-2204.

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