Tukwila Police are investigating an attempted theft and malicious mischief at Ben Bridge Jewelers in Westfield Southcenter Mall on Tuesday afternoon.
The incident was initially reported as an armed robbery as four suspects – three black men and one black woman in their teens or early 20s – tried to use a hammer to steal jewelry, according to Tukwila Police.
“The sound of the hammer repeatedly hitting the glass display case caused people in the mall to think shots were being fired but none were,” according to a post on the police department’s Facebook page. “Even after repeated attempts to break through, their efforts were not sufficient to gain access to the loot.”
The suspects were last seen running through Sears into the southwest parking lot of the mall where police believe they got in a car and fled.
The mall was on lockdown while officers searched to confirm that no suspects were still inside.