Two thieves made off with a safe from a southwest Fresno business early Thursday, police reported.
The robbery occurred about 7:30 a.m. at Valley Wrought Iron in the 700 block of West Whitesbridge Avenue.
Lt. Joe Gomez said one of the bandits showed up at the business at 7:25 a.m., feigning interest in buying a fence. As he chatted with the owner, he pulled out a small handgun and demanded the owner’s cell phone and ordered him to the ground.
Another robber then came into the business and took the gun from the first crook, who took a small safe to a white car described as either a Honda, Hyundai or Mercedes. The bandits fled west on Whitesbridge Avenue.
Gomez said the safe contains collectible coins and jewelry with a value of between $2,000 and $3,000. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.