Carlsbad police searched a shopping mall for a man accused of using a gun to rob employees inside one of the stores.
Officers said the man held up employees of the Macy's in the Westfield Plaza Camino Real just south of State Route 78.
The suspect took several pairs of jeans and put them in a Macy’s bag, officials said.
Carlsbad police set up a command post in the mall parking lot and searched around the mall for the suspect because they believed he may have gone back inside the mall after the incident in Macy’s.
Even though officials were searching for the suspect, customers were still allowed to enter the mall to shop.
Carlsbad police described the suspect as a Hispanic man in his late 20s to early 30s, weighing approximately 200 pounds. He had a shaved head and was clean-shaven. He was wearing a black and white ripped flannel shirt and a baseball cap with a white star on it.
Officers are hoping Macy's and/or mall security will find a photo or video that shows the suspect. If so, officials will release the image.
Mall workers said the smaller stores were closed at the time of the robbery.
There were no reports of injuries.
As of 11:50 a.m., police had cleared the area saying they found no evidence of the suspect. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information on the suspect should contact Carlsbad police at (760) 931-2197.