The man told police he was getting into his car when the two robbers opened his passenger-side door and took $70,000 in cash and a bag of diamonds.
Detectives believe the suspects committed the robberies—on the street and of local businesses—at different times of the day and night between Oct. 30 and Dec. 17.
The owner of the store, Bryan Cho, said the robbery left him and his employees shaken up. He said the two reptiles stolen were rare Australian Lace Monitors.
Three men believed to be in their early 20s are being sought by the Seal Beach Police Department in connection with the robbery.
Police said the incident started around 12:25 with a man and a woman trying to shop-lift at 2080 Bellflower Boulevard, which is a Lazy Acres Market.
The robberies happened in different areas of the city including the Traffic Circle, Belmont Heights and Zaferia.
In one incident captured on video, one man attacked the victim from behind, punching him repeatedly in the head and face and then kicking him when he fell to the ground.
Police said they were able to reunite the dog, Chewie, with his rightful owner and arrest the two suspects last month.
One woman got out of her car and approached the dog and his owner, making the comment: “What a cute dog you have,” before pushing a 73-year-old man to the ground and prying the tiny dog from his arms, according to Ana Licea.
Long Beach Police Department detectives announced Tuesday the arrest of a man suspected of robbing an East Long Beach business once, then returning a week later to try to rob it again.