Shoppers flee Fresno’s Fashion Fair mall in jewelry theft

Several shoppers at Fresno’s Fashion Fair mall rushed out to the parking lot in a frenzy Tuesday evening after hearing a loud noise that some believed were the sound of gunshots.

Fresno Police said the cause of the commotion was a grand theft that occurred around 6:30 p.m. at a jewelry store kiosk inside the mall.

Police said no gunshots were ever fired nor was a gun displayed.

Instead, the loud sound was the result of the suspect kicking in a glass display at Zee Jewelers.

“We were in Macy’s when we heard a loud boom,” shopper Jared Torres said. “Everyone starts saying, ‘Gunshots!. Gunshots!’ I see everyone running out of all the exits.”

The total retail amount of jewelry stolen was not immediately known, police said.

Police added no one was injured during the grand theft or the mass exit of people.

The suspect, though, remains loose.

Police said

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