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Payday loan business robbed

St. Joseph police are looking for a suspect in an armed robbery over the noon hour at a Belt Highway payday loan business.

A man entered Check Into Cash, 2115 N. Belt Highway, at about 12:24 p.m. and displayed a handgun to the one employee on duty at the time, police said.

The suspect put the employee, who was unharmed, into the bathroom and left with an undisclosed amount of cash from either the cash register or safe.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-6, with a slender build. He was wearing a black ball cap and black T-shirt. He left on foot out of the back of the building.

Check Into Cash is described as a company that offers payday loans or in-store cash advances.

Police are asking the public, including any customers or employees at nearby businesses, to call 238-TIPS with any information on the case.

Crews battle Purina blaze

Fire crews responded to a local business Friday afternoon.

Heavy smoke could be seen in the area of the South Belt Highway and Interstate 29. At least one fire truck, emergency personnel and an ambulance were on the scene at the Purina Mills facility, 4225 S. U.S. Highway 169.

The smoke appeared to be coming from one of the buildings to the far north of the Purina complex but there is no word on the extent of the fire or damage.

A fire inspector was called to the scene.

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Avoid Payday Loan Companies

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Payday loan companies are a bad financial idea. They feed your impulse to spend what you don’t have, and then they charge you exorbitant fees for it. I completely understand the mentality of needing your paycheck before payday. It’s definitely a stressful feeling to not have money available. But heading over to a payday loan company is not the solution. Those companies charge exorbitant fees and you run the risk of getting into greater debt. Payday loan companies are at the edge of a slippery financial slope that can be difficult to get back on top of. When you go into a payday loan company you typically postdate a check for the amount you want advanced, plus a fee. They give you the cash and when the date comes the company cashes the check. Payday loan companies are supposedly convenient but tend to trap people in a never-ending spiral of debt. The best way to avoid them is to budget your money so you don’t ever spend money you don’t have. If you have to negotiate with your creditors or borrow some quick cash from a family member, then do it before you go to a payday loan company. If you are chronically short on cash or if your payday never seems to conveniently coincide with your due dates, you can consider taking out a small, low-fee credit card to bridge the gap. Once again, however, don’t spend more than you have. If you can’t pay back your credit card bill then don’t spend that money in the first place. There are other alternatives to payday loan companies, and the … […]