Gunmen pose as workers, rob jeweler
Two men dressed as utility workers robbed Hesselbein's Jeweler's in Carmel Friday morning, making off with an estimated $200,000 in jewelry.
The suspects posed as workers investigating a gas leak and entered the Carmel Crossroads shopping center store about 11:15 a.m., then brandished a handgun at employees and tied them up before collecting the jewelry from display cases and fleeing out a back door.
The store owner was able to free himself, according to a Sheriff's Office news release, and call the authorities.
The two suspects were described as men between the ages of 30 and 40, one 6-foot-4, 260 pounds and the other 5-foot-11, 220 pounds. They were wearing white hard hats, orange reflective safety vests and tan or brown pants.
Woman pedestrian hit by pickup on Davis Road
A Salinas woman was flown by helicopter to a San Francisco Bay Area trauma center with life-threatening injuries Friday afternoon after being struck by a truck while walking in a crosswalk.
According to police, a woman in her mid- to late-20s was crossing at the intersection of North Davis and Boronda roads about 2:40 p.m. when she was side-swiped by a woman attempting to make a turn in a GMC truck.
The woman's identity was not released by police, who had no information on her condition Friday night.
Three men arrested in Greenfield drug bust
Greenfield police arrested three men on drug and other charges Friday after serving a search warrant at a Burgundy Drive home.
According to a news release, police found the three men with a large quantity of methamphetamine and marijuana for sale. Police also reported discovering electronic apparatus in the home that they suspected was stolen during recent burglaries in the city.
Arrested were Jose Refugio Alvarez, 61, for possession of drugs for sale and maintaining a residence for drug sales; Edward Ivan Ochoa, 24, for possession of meth for sale and violation of probation; and Geraldo Gonzalez Valenzuela, 25, for possession of a controlled substance and narcotics paraphernalia.
Police are investigating the suspected stolen property in an attempt to link it to the burglaries.
A drug-certified dog and its handler from the Del Rey Oaks Police Department assisted in the search of the residence.
Soledad bank robbed by masked men
Two gunmen held up a Soledad bank branch Friday morning and got away with an undetermined amount of cash, police said.
The robbers, both wearing masks and holding handguns, came into the Rabobank branch at 2149 H. Dela Rosa St. about 9:40 a.m.
After taking cash from behind the counter, they fled in a vehicle that appeared to be a newer, blue or black Honda, police said.
Initially there were radio reports that shots were fired inside the bank.
Police Cmdr. Damon Wasson said there was no gunfire. The robbers knocked over heavy chairs on the tile floor when they rushed in, causing some loud noises, he said.
Home burglary results in two arrests
Witnesses spotted burglars running from a residential break-in, allowing King City police to arrest two suspects, police said.
Officers went to the burglary scene about 8:40 a.m. Wednesday and found the home had been ransacked and several items were stolen.
Witnesses said the suspects were seen running into a Forden Drive home. Police obtained a search warrant and found stolen items inside the home.
Anthony Rios, 21, and Edward Urueta, 18, were arrested on several charges, police said. A 24-year-old woman was also being sought, police said.