Towne Center Sam’s Club jewelry displays smashed, robbed Thursday night

Two men forced their way into the Sam’s Club in Long Beach Towne Center after closing hours and stole jewelry shortly before 10:30 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

The suspects smashed the display cases to steal the jewelry while another suspect waited in a vehicle outside the store, authorities said. Police do not have an estimated value of the stolen merchandise.

Police spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria said in an email that all suspects fled in the vehicle with the jewelry.

Some employees were still in the store restocking merchandise when the robbery happened.

“We are thankful that no one was hurt during the incident and appreciate the quick response from local police,” said Laura Ladd, senior manager of corporate communications for Sam’s Club.

Ladd referred further questions to police, saying that it is an open investigation.

Anyone with any information regarding the incident is urged to contact LBPD Burglary Detectives at (562) 570-7351. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smartphone (available at the Apple app store or Google Play), or by visiting

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.