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Police Looking for Suspect in Cash Store Armed Robbery



Corpus Christi police are on the lookout for a man that allegedly robbed a cash loan business on South Staples Street Monday afternoon.

The robbery took place at around 3 p.m. at the cash store located in the 4200 block of South Staples Street. The suspect told employees that he had a gun, but never displayed the weapon. He got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-30s. If you have any information about this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 361-888-8477.


Payday loan business robbed by 2 women

Topeka police were looking for two women in connection with the Saturday morning holdup of a south-side payday loan business.

Officers were called at 10:48 a.m. to the Check Into Cash payday loan business at 3711 S.W. Plaza Drive.

Police said two women entered the business and asked to use the restroom.

One of the women was reported to have a weapon resembling a crowbar or club, while the other said she had a gun but didn’t display it.

The women then robbed the employee and the business.

After taking cash, the women were reported to have fled the scene on foot, running north from the business into a nearby neighborhood.

Police units responded to the scene and ran a K-9 trail, but no arrests had been reported by Saturday afternoon.

The women were described as being of thin build and standing around 6-feet-tall. One was wearing gray sweatpants and a gray hoodie and sunglasses, while the other was wearing gray sweatpants and a white hoodie.

Anyone with information on the robbery may call police detectives at (785) 368-9400 or Crime Stoppers at (785) 234-0007.


Clerk scares off would-be robber at cash loan business

The quick action of a clerk working at a local cash loan business scared off a would-be robber Friday evening near S.W. 21st and MacVicar.

A man with a handgun entered EZ Payday Advance, 2613 S.W. 21st, about 6:25 p.m. and immediately aroused an employee’s suspicions, Topeka police Sgt. Jay Junghans said Saturday.

“The clerk saw him come in with a gun and hit the alarm,” Junghans said.

The attempted robber, described as a light-skinned black man about 5-foot, 10-inches to 6-foot-tall, then ordered the clerk to go back by the business’ safe, Junghans said.

The clerk told the man the alarm had been sounded, which was when the would-be robber left. The man fled eastbound on foot, Junghans said. No injuries were reported, and nothing was taken.

The would-be robber also was described as wearing a gray hoodie, green stocking cap and blue jeans. He was armed with a silver handgun.

The business is located three blocks west of S.W. MacVicar.

Anyone with information may contact detectives at 368-9400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 234-0007.


Crime Stoppers wants loan forgiven

Crime Stoppers wants loan forgiven

By Brian Kelly, The Sault Star

Updated 10 hours ago

Crime Stoppers now wants Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Board to forgive the loan that helped keep its doors open.

In Mach, the board cut a cheque for $10,500 for Crime Stoppers of Sault Ste. Marie and The District of Algoma. The cash, which would cover three months of the group’s expenses, was given with the understanding it be paid back by Sept. 1.

In May, Crime Stoppers president Len Bailey was confident the board would be repaid on time.

But during a presentation to the board at its meeting on Thursday, he appealed for the loan to be forgiven to further stabilize his group’s finances before upcoming fundraisers kick in more cash to bolster its bottom line.

“If there’s any dollars kicking around we can sure use them,” Bailey said.

“Maybe if we can get enough dollars to even forgive the loan that’s in September. That will actually keep us right out of the woods. We’ll be fine then.”

Crime Stoppers, which seeks anonymous tips to help police solve crimes, draws cash from two accounts to help fund its annual budget of about $42,400.

Payroll, office supplies, advertising, vehicle lease, phone and other operating costs are drawn from a general fund. Its balance on May 31 was $13,122. Most of that cash is from the police board loan.

Crime Stoppers has yet to find a major sponsor after receiving that financial infusion.

“We have no intentions of giving up,” said Bailey in a letter to the board dated June 28. That correspondence was prompted, he said, because “there are some conflicting messages in the media regarding our financial status.”

Rewards, educational material, printing costs, volunteer training and membership dues are drawn from a lottery account.

That account’s balance as $10,900 at the end of May. A Mother’s Day draw, with a prize of a kitchen renovation, made a profit of about $15,000. Nevada tickets are also being sold at Market Mall.

“We’re in good shape on the rewards side,” said Bailey.

“Are we out of the woods on the general account side? No. Not in the slightest. We’re still working on that.”

Chair retired Justice James Greco told Bailey the board would consider his request.

City police help Crime Stoppers in several ways, including office space, phone, co-ordinator and “a whole lot of in-kind stuff,” said Chief Bob Davies.

He questioned how much support other police agencies in the area offer the non-profit group.

“Any thought of them chipping in to help?” said Davies.

Bailey plans to call Chris Lewis, commissioner of Ontario Provincial Police.

“I’m going to be looking for more support from those agencies,” he said.

“My own opinion — they’re not putting in their fair share.”

Crime Stoppers has helped recover $3.4 million in property, removed $6.4 million in narcotics and make 2,500 arrests since starting in Sault Ste. Marie in 1985.

The group expects to pay out cash for rewards related to two major ongoing investigations.

“Crime Stoppers saves literally millions and millions of dollars in investigative time,” said Bailey.

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