Two thieves intentionally plowed a stolen car into an Escondido jewelry store early Thursday, then jumped out, smashed displays and made off with cash and goods, police said.
Police are hoping the public can help identify the two men.
Surveillance video caught the pair in a white Volkswagen SUV facing the front of the Jewelry and Repair Center on West Mission Avenue west of Escondido Boulevard just before 1:40 a.m. , Lt. Bode Berreth said.
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Escondido jewelry store heist
Two men plowed a stolen car into an Escondido jewelry store early Thursday morning, then make of with cash and goods, police say.
The SUV — stolen two days earlier in Oceanside — suddenly charges forward, jumps the curb and disappears into the front of the store in a rain of glass.
Inside the business, one of the thieves smashed display cases with an axe, before the both took off with jewelry and money.
Police released surveillance images of the pair.
One of the men wore a light grey Nike hoodie pulled up over his head and light great sweats. He wore a surgical mask, but it was not covering his nose, revealing more of his face.
The other man wore a black sweatshirt and jeans. He also sported a face covering, but not quite as low-slung.
Escondido police are seeking tips from anyone who may know either of the men. Tipsters are asked to call poilce Detective Mike Martinez as (760) 839-4739.
Tips also can be left by calling the department’s anonymous tip line at (760) 743-8477, or online at police.escondido.org.