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Masked men crash SUV into S.F. museum, steal 10 ounces of gold

Masked men slam into Wells Fargo Museum with SUV, make off with 10 ounces in gold

Three men drove an SUV into a Wells Fargo History Museum in San Francisco and made off with gold nuggets, giving new meaning to the term "gold rush."

About 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, the trio drove a stolen SUV through the front of the museum in the downtown Financial District and made off with the loot, San Francisco police said.

The men had their faces covered when a security guard arrived to check out the commotion. One of the robbers held the guard at gunpoint while the others scooped up the gold -- about 10 ounces in all, said Officer Albie Esparza.

The museum is in the 400 block of Montgomery Street and houses “real gold from California gold country regions,” a Wells Fargo stagecoach from the 1860s and a working telegraph, according to the museum’s website.

The men escaped in a second vehicle, according to KGO. The vehicle reportedly headed east across the Bay Bridge.

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"We are cooperating with the San Francisco Police Department’s investigation," Wells Fargo spokesman Ruben Pulido said by email. "We’re disturbed this happened to the Wells Fargo History Museum but are grateful no team member was harmed. Additionally, the historic stagecoaches on site were not damaged."

Pulido said the museum would reopen but did not say when.

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UPDATE

9:15 a.m.: New details including amount of gold stolen.

7:34 am.: Comment from Wells Fargo spokesman added.

The original version of this post was published at 7:04 a.m.

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