'Subjects of Interest' Sought in Montana Pepper-Spray Robbery

Santa Monica Police have circulated images of two people they say are "subjects of interest in the Nov. 30th robbery of a Montana Avenue jewelry store.

During the robbery, fired pepper-spray inside Cabochon Fine Jewelry before smashing glass jewelry cases with hammers and making off with the goods.

In a press release late Friday, the police said investigators have learned two men matching the robbers' descriptions "entered another jewelry store located on Wilshire Boulevard and posed as customers, before the robbery on Montana... These subjects exited the store, without making a purchase and entered a vehicle that was also very similar to the one the suspects fled in after the [Montana Avenue] robbery."

Department spokesman Lewis said investigators are "interested" in identifying and speaking with the men pictured in the surveillance photos above.

During the Montana Avenue robbery, six people were treated for pepper spray exposure.

The suspects were described as black men in their 20's to 30's; 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall; with thin builds. They wore dark colored hooded sweatshirts, light colored pants, tennis shoes and masks.

Their car was described as a dark, four-door, late 1990's model Honda.

Anyone with information about the robbery was asked to contact detective HeeSeok Ahn at (310) 458-8452, Sgt. Ira Rutan at (310) 458-8959 or the Santa Monica Police Department's 24/7 line at (310) 458-8495.

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