Costa Mesa police are searching for a group of masked men who entered the courtyard of the South Coast Plaza restaurant on Monday evening and ordered patrons to the ground at gunpoint before closing with a handbag.
Costa Mesa Police Department spokeswoman Roxy Fayed said officers were called to the restaurant in the 3300 block of Bristol Street shortly before 7:15 p.m. Monday to investigate an armed robbery.
Witnesses said three to five people wearing masks, black clothes and hooded sweatshirts entered the courtyard area. Fayed said Tuesday that one of the men was probably armed with a handcuff.
According to police, the suspects told patrons to get down on the ground and grabbed a purse before fleeing in a white Buick sedan, which was spotted south on Bristol. By the time the officers reached the spot, the accused were gone.
Fayed said no casualties had been reported and no arrests had been made as of Tuesday morning. No further information was released.
Costa Mesa police are asking anyone with information about the robbery to contact Det. Gerad Corte (714) 754-5051 or Sgt. Details at Jose Morales (714) 754-4933.