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Gold Heist: Thieves Nab Nuggets After Plowing SUV Into Wells Fargo Museum In San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) -- Three people wearing ski masks robbed San Francisco's Wells Fargo History Museum early Tuesday morning, police said.

The robbery took place at about 2:30 a.m. at 420 Montgomery St., near California Street when suspects drove a blue Chevrolet Suburban SUV into the museum and plowed through a display case, according to police.

They held up the security guard at gunpoint and stole between four to ten ounces in gold nuggets. The guard was not hurt.

Gold Nuggets Stolen
Gold nuggets on display at the Wells Fargo Museum in Downtown San Francisco. (Wells Fargo Bank)

The robbers left the scene in light-colored Ford Taurus.

The estimate of damages is not yet known. The museum building was once occupied by the first Wells Fargo branch office in San Francisco.

Wells Fargo spokesman Ruben Pulido said the company is grateful that no one was hurt and that the museum's historic stagecoaches went undamaged during the robbery.

Paulido said the company is cooperating with the police department's investigation and that the museum will reopen so it can serve the thousands of people that visit each year.

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