A San Diego police cruiser
A San Diego police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

Authorities Wednesday were searching for two masked men who robbed three 7-Eleven convenience stores in San Diego County within a three- hour period.

The first robbery was reported around 11 p.m. Tuesday at a 7-Eleven in the 7600 block of University Avenue in La Mesa.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m., another robbery was reported at the 7-Eleven on Mission Gorge Road just south of Friars Road in the Grantville area, San Diego police Officer Robert Heims said.

Two men walked into the store, then one of the men pulled out a gun and pointed it at the clerk while the other took money from the register and put it in a bag, Heims said.

The pair then ran out the front door with an undisclosed amount of cash and were last seen running south on Mission Gorge Road, he said.

Both had their faces concealed with a black cloth. One of the men was last seen wearing a light gray hoodie and light gray sweatpants and the other was wearing a dark gray hoodie with dark gray sweatpants and black shoes.

10News reported that the thieves returned to the same 7-Eleven they had robbed earlier in La Mesa and assaulted the clerk before stealing his iPhone. The clerk was taken to a hospital for treatment of unknown injuries, the news station reported.

Around 1:10 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a robbery at the 7- Eleven on Jamacha Boulevard near Lamplighter Village Drive in Spring Valley, Sheriff’s Lt. William Amavisca said.

Investigators believe the thieves in the Spring Valley robbery were also responsible for the ones in La Mesa and San Diego, Amavisca said.

–City News Service