EL SOBRANTE-- A jewelry store was ransacked by thieves Monday after four men beat and restrained the 63-year-old clerk, a police spokesperson said.
About 12:45 p.m., police responded to a medical call at a coin and jewelry store on the 2800 block of San Pablo Dam Rd., Contra Costa Sheriff's spokesperson Jimmy Lee said. Officers arrived to find the store clerk bleeding, saying he had been beaten during a robbery a moment earlier.
According to the victim, two men entered the jewelry store, jumped over the counter and overpowered him, then tied him up and took him to a rear room. Two other men stood watch during the incident.
The four made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry, Lee said. The victim was treated for minor injuries at the scene and did not go to the hospital.
The robbery and assault are currently being investigated to see if they are connected with recent, similar robberies, Lee said. Anyone with information may contact the investigation division at 925-313-2600.
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