Historic gold nuggets stolen from Wells Fargo museum in San Francisco

Thieves in an SUV smashed through the glass doors of the Wells Fargo History Museum in downtown San Francisco early Tuesday and made off with gold nuggets dating back to California’s Gold Rush that were on display.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the 'crash-and-grab' job occurred at 2:30 a.m., and involved a GMC Suburban. The suspects reportedly ditched the SUV and fled in a silver car.

Wells Fargo spokesman Ruben Pulido said in a statement that the company is grateful no one was injured and the historic stagecoaches on display weren't damaged. It is not immediately clear how much gold the suspects, who were wearing ski masks, made off with.

The museum is at the site where Wells Fargo opened for business in 1852.

Commuters stopped to look at the aftermath of the robbery and snap pictures, while police surveyed the damage. Shattered glass crunched underneath the tires of a tow truck pulling the green SUV from the building.