Masked robbers rush the stolen SUV into the Escondido jewelry store and loot it

A surveillance camera image of one of the two robbers. Courtesy Escondido Police

A pair of masked men used a vehicle to enter an Escondido jewelry store early Wednesday and looted the store.

The vehicle’s smash-and-grab theft in the 300 block of West Mission Avenue occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m., according to the Escondido Police Department.

After breaking into the store by driving into it with a white Volkswagen SUV believed to have been stolen two days earlier in Oceanside, the thieves, one of them with an ax, broke into showcases, Lieutenant Bode said Berreth.

They then stole an unknown amount of jewelry and cash before fleeing.

Both suspects were described as Hispanic male adults. One was wearing a gray Nike sweatshirt and sweatpants. The other was wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans.

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