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2 would-be robbers killed in botched jewelry store heist; search is on for third suspect

June 24, 2011 |  3:39 pm

Photo: Two men were killed during an attempted robbery. Credit: KTLA-TV Police are evacuating several stores in San Juan Capistrano as they search for a third suspect in a botched jewelry store robbery that left two would-be robbers dead Friday.

Two men entered Monaco Jewelers, 33955 Doheny Park Road, about 11:15 a.m., allegedly intending to rob the store, said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Doan. At some point during the holdup, a gunfight broke out and the men were killed, Doan said.

Deputies are still searching for a third suspect, Doan said, and have evacuated several businesses in the immediate area to search the buildings. A Costco was the final building set to be searched just after 3 p.m., Doan said.

Deputies are operating under the assumption the suspect is armed.

It is not yet clear who fired the shots that killed the two alleged robbers, but Doan said only employees were in the store at the time of the incident.

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Photo: Two men were killed during an attempted robbery at a San Juan Capistrano jewelry store. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5 News

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