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Local : 3 Robbed in Costa Mesa Motel

Two men, possibly armed with an Uzi and a handgun, burst into two Costa Mesa motel rooms Thursday night, robbing three guests of $8,251 in cash and jewelry, police said.

The men kicked in the door of one room at the Costa Mesa Travelodge, 1951 Newport Blvd., about 7:40 p.m. and forced a 24-year-old man to the floor.

“One of the suspects began hitting him in the face with the butt of a gun,” Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Tom Winter said.

After robbing the first guest of jewelry, the two men entered a second room and robbed two more guests of cash and jewelry, Winter said. The men then fled, but no car was seen.

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All three motel guests are also residents of Costa Mesa, Winter said.

The robbers were described as black men in their mid- to late 20s, both about 5 foot 7. One of them was wearing a brown leather jacket and the other was wearing a white T-shirt, Winter said.


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