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Warning about armed robbers using "lost dog" trick

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego police sought Wednesday a man who used a lost dog ruse to distract a woman in front of her Sunset Cliffs-area home and a second man who then stole the jewelry she was wearing at gunpoint.

One of the men walked up to the 55-year-old victim as she was about to get out of her car in the 4300 block of Monaco Street near Amiford Drive shortly after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and asked her if she had seen his lost dog, San Diego police Sgt. Michael Tansey said.

A gun-wielding man wearing a ski mask approached her as she was talking to the first suspect and pulled a necklace from her neck and took a ring off her finger, according to the sergeant. The two men then ran off.

Police described one suspect as black, in his 30s and around 5 feet 9 with a medium build. He was wearing dark clothing. The second was a stocky to heavy black man of 5 feet 10 to 6 feet tall wearing a black jacket, a black ski mask and dark clothing.

Tansey said police were investigating whether that robbery was related to two others Tuesday night in La Jolla and Ocean Beach.

Within minutes of the first robbery, a second that also included a lost dog ploy occurred in the 1500 block of Ebers Street in nearby Ocean Beach.

A man asked the 36-year-old victim whether he had seen a lost pit bull just before a man in a ski mask and dark clothing pointed a gun at him and demanded his property. The victim offered up his cell phone and wallet after the suspect racked the slide of the gun, and the first suspect took his backpack, Tansey said.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, a 60-year-old La Jolla man was robbed at gunpoint by three men in ski masks and dark clothing just after he pulled his car into his garage in the 1300 block of Virginia Way, according to Tansey.

The suspects took his watch, phone and briefcase then ran off.

Anyone with information on any of the robberies was urged to contact police at (619) 531-2000 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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