Two men, wearing construction vests and hard hats, stormed the OC Watch Company at 1507 Cypress Thursday afternoon, maced an employee and brandished a baseball bat at others.
A third suspect, who was also in construction gear, waited outside the store.
Upon entering the store, one of the suspects handed the store owner a clipboard and asked him to sign a form authorizing the “crew” to shut off the business’ power.
When the store owner looked down at the clipboard, the suspect sprayed him and a nearby customer with pepper spray, officers said.
A second suspect used a baseball bat to smash a display case full of merchandise.
The first suspect attempted to grab items from the case, but the owner managed to fight the men off before they could steal anything.
All three suspects ran out the store westbound on Cypress Street and into a newer model Dodge Challenger with silver rims and black paper plates, according to police.
The suspect vehicle was parked on Commercial Lane and was last seen fleeing south towards Mt. Diablo Boulevard, according to police.
A vehicle matching the general description of the getaway vehicle was sighted by Lafayette police minutes after the robbery was reported at 3:07 p.m. and was stopped in Orinda. Witnesses said the car bore paper license plates, as described by witnesses who saw the getaway car pull away – but a police check determined its occupant was not involved.