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Three men wearing black ski masks attempted to rob a jewelry store in Santa Cruz on Friday afternoon. The men entered Dell Williams Jewelers at about 12:55 p.m. and tried to break into a display case, according to Santa Cruz police. A fourth suspect was driving a black Audi A7 with paper dealership plates from Audi of Oakland, police said.
One of the suspects sprayed jewelry store employees with pepper spray while two other suspects tried to break the display case, police said. The suspects were not successful in breaching the case, and they fled the scene in the Audi, which was waiting on Pacific Avenue.
Police received numerous reports of the car driving recklessly through downtown on the state Highway 1 bypass, police said. The car was later found abandoned in the 100 block of Fern Street. Investigators contacted the Audi dealership in Oakland and discovered that the car had been missing from the lot for two days. The employees exposed to pepper spray were treated at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
The suspects were described as men between 20 and 25 years old with medium builds and dark complexion, all wearing baggy pants, and black ski masks over their faces. Two of the suspects were wearing black hoodies, and the third suspect was wearing a gray hoodie. There was no description of the driver. The incident was similar to recent robberies that occurred in San Carlos, Danville, Corte Madera and Campbell, police said.
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