COSTA MESA, Calif. – The Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) is investigating a jewelry store robbery and kidnapping of the storeowner, who was assaulted and left with serious injuries.
On Dec. 4, 2019, at 10:13 p.m., CMPD received an audible alarm alert from a jewelry store located at the 1800 block of Newport Boulevard. Officers found the door to the location unlocked. A search of the business did not reveal any signs of a theft and the safe was secure. The business had closed at 6:00 p.m. and the owner could not be located. After speaking to the owner’s family, a missing person report was initiated.
In the early morning hours of Dec. 5, 2019, the storeowner was located in Santa Ana by the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD). He was found with serious injuries and bound with duct tape. SAPD determined that the storeowner was the victim of a kidnapping and robbery that occurred in Costa Mesa, and they contacted CMPD to take over the investigation. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for the non-life threatening injuries he sustained.
At this time, no arrests have been made. This is an active investigation and no further details are being released at this time.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact:
Detective David Sevilla
Sergeant Scott Stafford