Attempted San Francisco Civic Center-area robberies foiled by fleet feet 

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Here's one shotgun offense that fell short.

Two hooligans walked away empty-handed after their attempts to rob some men near the Civic Center today were foiled by fleet feet, police said.

The duo, one of which was armed with a shotgun, approached the victims on the 1100 block of Market Street at about 3:55 a.m. They first cornered a 36-year-old man and demanded his cellphone. When they pointed the shotgun at him, he ran away, police said.

The inept crooks then turned their shotgun on a 33-year-old man and demanded his property, police said. That victim also took off running.

The two unsuccessful thieves, who were only described by police as men in their early 20s, jumped into a dark-blue sedan and left the scene. No arrests were made, and nobody was hurt.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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