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Two men hold up charity thrift shop in Waldo

Updated: 2013-07-18T18:49:04Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City police are looking for two men who robbed a thrift store in Waldo owned by the City Union Mission.

The heist occurred just before 7 a.m. Thursday at City Thrift, 7740 Wornall Road, as employees were arriving to open the store.

“It’s a shame that someone would rob a charity,” said robbery Detective C. Moraczewski.

The store provides low-cost items to the community and generates proceeds to help fund programs for the City Union Mission homeless shelter.

One employee told police she noticed two men loitering in a nearby parking lot when she arrived for work. They followed her into the store and asked for her purse.

“She looked at him like he was crazy and continued to walk back to the office,” a police report said.

Once in the office, the suspects pointed a gun at another employee who had been counting cash. The robbers then grabbed cash from the desk.

The robbers tried to rob a man inside the store, but he didn’t have any money. The robbers then stole a cell phone from another man before fleeing.

The first suspect was described as a black man, 5 feet 7 inches, with a medium build, wearing a black shirt, black shorts and blue baseball cap with a white towel over his shoulder. He had short hair, a goatee and carried a smaller black semi-automatic handgun.

The second suspect was described as a black man, 5 feet 5 inches, with a medium build, wearing a red shirt, black baseball cap and black sunglasses with a white towel over his shoulder.

Anyone with information should call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS(8477.)

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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