Suspect identified after attempting smash and grab, and deploying bear repellent against employees

El Monte, CA – On September 9, 2023, the subject featured above deployed bear repellent against one of the store’s owners, a 70-year-old man who had been sitting outside the store. The subject then proceeded to go inside the store, sprayed other employees, and smashed a display case. The subject did not escape with any jewelry.

The subject was later identified as 36-year-old Joshua Lee Simmons.

3 Images of Joshua Lee Simmons

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If you have any information regarding this subject’s whereabouts, please contact the Jewelers’ Security Alliance at or 212-687-0328.

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