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San Clemente smoke shop robbery caught on video

November 8, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Officials are searching for a suspect in a terrifying robbery that was caught on video in San Clemente.

The incident happened Tuesday night on the 500 block of El Camino Real. Authorities said a man in a hooded sweatshirt, wearing a scarf, walked into a smoke shop, confronted two employees, demanded money, and fired a round from a .40 caliber handgun into the counter.

The employees quickly emptied the registers, gave him the cash and he fled on foot. Investigators said the employees could have easily been injured by a ricochet or debris, but they weren't.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Department at (855) TIP-OCCS.


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