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* Home Consignment Store Robbed in San Carlos

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Four men wearing masks and armed with pepper spray cans used sledgehammers to smash counters and steal jewelry at a consignment store Tuesday, a sheriff’s detective said today. The suspects entered the Home Consignment Store at 1123 Industrial Road in San Carlos shortly after 12 p.m. and used the pepper spray cans to intimidate store employees, said Detective Rebecca Rosenblatt of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

The men, who wore hooded sweatshirts and black masks with orange around the mouth area, used four sledge hammers to smash glass cases and grab jewelry before fleeing the business in a new Ford Mustang left with the engine still running, Rosenblatt said. The suspects then drove away headed south on U.S. Highway 101 near Britton Avenue. The four suspects were described as white men in their 20s, tall with slender builds. The Mustang, gray in color with two black racing strips running down the center, had paper license plates, indicating that it was new, Rosenblatt said.

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