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Armed robbers crashed an SUV into a Wells Fargo museum and made off with $10,000 in gold nuggets

Gold nuggets on display at the Wells Fargo history museum in San Francisco. (Courtesy: Wells Fargo Museum)
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It’s the 1860s all over again — or at least that’s what it seemed like in San Francisco on Tuesday morning. A trio of armed robbers appeared to have pulled off a bold and somewhat old school robbery of the Wells Fargo History Museum in San Francisco, located right at the site of the bank’s headquarters.

The thieves allegedly made off with some of the museum’s authentic gold nuggets — the type you might have found in California’s gold country more than 150 years ago.

Around 2:30 a.m., three men — their faces covered with masks– crashed a massive Chevy Suburban into the museum’s glass front, held a security guard at gunpoint, grabbed the gold from the display case and ran off, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

They took between 4 and 10 ounces of gold, valued at about $10,000, police said.

The SUV was left behind, police said, and luckily, so were Wells Fargo’s prized historic stage coaches, which were used by the bank from 1866 to 1869 to make deliveries from Nebraska to California, and from Utah to Montana and Idaho.

In a statement, Wells Fargo spokeswoman Diana Rodriguez said that the company is cooperating with police in their investigation.

“We’re disturbed this happened to the Wells Fargo History Museum, but are grateful no team member was harmed,” Rodriquez said. “Additionally, the historic stagecoaches on site were not damaged. Rest assured, the museum will reopen, so it can continue to serve the thousands of visitors and Bay Area residents who visit it each year.”

Police towed the SUV, which had been stolen, away from the scene earlier Tuesday morning, according to NBC’s Bay Area station. The suspects are believed to have left the scene in another vehicle. It is unclear whether a fourth individual might have been driving the getaway car, said San Francisco Police Department officer Grace Gatpandan.

Police are still searching for the three men, who were last seen driving a light colored, four-door sedan.

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