Man with gun blasts into Encinitas supermarket, blows open safe

ENCINITAS (CNS) – A masked robber shot his way into a closed grocery
store in Encinitas early Wednesday while three employees were inside but no one was
hurt, authorities said.

The Sprouts Farmers Market at 1327 Encinitas Blvd. was robbed about 1:20
a.m., according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. William Dreyer.

The gunman tried several times to pry open the front door of the
business, then gave up and fired a rifle round through it to get inside, Dreyer
said. He then walked to the rear of the store and fired five more shots into
the locked door of a rear office and additional rounds were fired to open a
safe, he said.

The robber fled into a residential area located behind the store,
according to the sergeant. The loss was not disclosed.

The gunman was described as a 20-something white man, last seen wearing
blue pants, a blue flannel jacket, black beanie cap and ski mask.

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