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3rd Suspect Remains At Large After Deadly Heist Attempt

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (CBS) — A massive manhunt is still underway for the third would-be robber in a violent jewelry store heist in Orange County.

Sheriff’s deputies say a store employee shot and killed two suspected robbers at Monaco Jewelers on Doheny Park Road about 11:15 a.m. Friday, while the third one fled.

“At some point in the robbery inside the store, one of the employees opened fire with a handgun, striking two of the three suspects,” Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Doan said, noting that all of the bandits were wearing masks and gloves.

The at-large suspect was described as black, about 6 feet tall, wearing a white shirt and dark pants. Anyone who may have video of the robbers was urged to contact sheriff’s detectives.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the botched holdup was connected to three other jewelry store robberies in southern Orange County, Doan said.

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