Masked robber
A surveillance camera image of one of the two robbers. Courtesy Escondido police

A pair of masked men used a vehicle to ram their way into an Escondido jewelry store early Wednesday and looted the business.

The vehicular smash-and-grab heist in the 300 block of West Mission Avenue took place shortly after 1:30 a.m., according to the Escondido Police Department.

After breaking into the shop by crashing into it with a white Volkswagen SUV believed to have been stolen two days earlier in Oceanside, the thieves, one of them wielding an ax, broke into display cases, Lt. Bode Berreth said.

They then stole an undisclosed 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 second was wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans.

The second suspect sought by Escondido Police. Courtesy of the department

“Both wore masks to conceal their identities,” Berreth said.

Police are requesting the public to report any information about the robbery to Det. Mike Martinez at 760-839-4739.

Tips can also be provided anonymously through San Diego County Crime Stoppers.

City News Service contributed to this article.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.