San Diego police investigating armed robberies in Midway District and Pacific Beach

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Two men robbed a liquor store on Midway Drive, and soon after, two men robbed a smoke shop on Garnet Avenue. Police believe the same men committed both robberies.


Armed men held up businesses in the Midway District and Pacific Beach the night of July 28, and police believe the same people committed both robberies, officials said.

The first heist occurred at about 9:15 p.m. at a liquor store on Midway Drive near Kemper Street, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said. One man with a gun grabbed the clerk at Sonny’s Liquor while the second took money from the register.

The clerk suffered a minor scratch to his neck. The robbers were seen running west on Midway Drive.

About 45 minutes later and about 4½ miles away, two men held up employees of a smoke shop on Garnet Avenue between Dawes and Everts streets, Buttle said. While the clerk at the Mart to Mart Smoke Shop & Vape was finishing with a customer just after 10 p.m., the two men walked behind the counter and one pointed a gun at the clerk.

The clerk backed away from the counter and the robbers took an undetermined amount of money from the register, as well as a bong and vapes. The clerk was uninjured.


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