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Investigators probe link into two Calaveras County holdups

Calaveras County investigators are trying to determine if a gas station holdup was related to the armed robbery of two men panning for gold over the weekend.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Seawell declined to release more detailed information since the investigation remains open.

Around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, deputies responded to Highway 12 and Central Hill Road near San Andreas. Two 50-year-old Stockton men had been looking for gold in a creek when two strangers approached, waved a gun and demanded the men’s wallets.

The robbers made the men lie down and fled in an unknown vehicle, Seawell said.

At 10 p.m., Saturday, deputies received a report of an armed robbery in Wallace on Highway 12. A store clerk in a Chevron station was working when two men entered, brandished a handgun and demanded money. The men took an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing in an unknown direction.

Investigators ask anyone with information about the robberies to call the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department at 754-6500.

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