Smash-and-grab burglary is targeted at Hayward Mall

HAYWARD – Police are investigating an apparent smash-and-grab robbery of a group of people targeting a jewelry store Sunday night in Southland Mall, authorities said.

Around 5:25 p.m., police responded to preliminary reports of possible shots fired at the mall, 1 Southland Mall Drive, and arrived to find no evidence of gunshot or injury, Hayward police officer Cassondra Fovel said.

According to witnesses, nine people walked into the mall and approached a Sam’s Jewelers store before using hammers to smash cases and pick valuables from cases, Fovel said.

The people then fled on foot from the mall, boarded at least two vehicles and drove away at high speeds, possibly toward Interstate 880. According to the mall’s web, both the mall and the store were to close for the day around 6 p.m. website.

No description of the suspects or vehicles, or any connection with latest flash mob robbery in other cities in the Bay Area, was immediately available. Officers investigating the incident were expected to pass on information, including possible surveillance camera footage, to detectives with the department’s investigation department.

Anyone with information can call Hayward Police at 510-293-7176.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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