Thieves smash pawnshop jewelry case

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SAN DIEGO -- A pair of thieves smashed a jewelry display case at an El Cerrito-area pawnshop Wednesday and fled with handfuls of merchandise.

The robbery in the 5900 block of El Cajon Boulevard took place shortly after 1:30 p.m., according to San Diego police. The bandits, both wearing hooded jackets, fled the area to the south in a dark-blue Ford van or SUV, witnesses reported.

"They came directly in and smashed the front of the glass with a rock and got what they could and left pretty quickly," the store owner told FOX 5.

Police say the burglary may be connected to a series of other thefts.