Thefts strike South City

Three people assaulted a 14-year-old boy and stole his cell phone recently in South San Francisco, authorities said.

The boy, a San Bruno resident, was by himself in a parking lot of a business on Noor Avenue on Friday night, police said. Three people then physically assaulted him, which resulted in the boy suffering a minor contusion to the right side of his head right above the right ear, police said. The boy did not require medical attention, however, police said.

The boy did not provide police with any information on the three suspects, who fled on foot in an unknown direction, police said.

The robbery comes three days after a man used a gold-colored handgun to rob a gas station in South San Francisco, police said.

A 19- or 20-year-old possibly Pacific Islander man used the gun to steal a Newport cigarette, two Swisher Sweets cigars and about $500 from the gas station at Linden Avenue and Airport Boulevard around 10:16 p.m., police said.

The man, around 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds, pointed the gun at the cashier while the employee was turned around and told the worker to open the cash register, police said. He then fled on foot, police said.

The man has black hair, a dark complexion and was last seen wearing a short-sleeve black T-shirt.

Anyone with information on either of the robberies is asked to call South San Francisco police at (650) 877-8900, or its anonymous tip line at (650) 952-2244.

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