A veteran says a theft at the Lawrence Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store is a "low" act.
In both a criminal and arguably unpatriotic act, a man stole money from the Lawrence Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store a week before Memorial Day.
Police were called to the store, 1601 W. 23rd, where a man had purchased a 22-cent juice cup, left the store and then returned.
He was asking a 31-year-old employee about items in the store when he hopped onto the counter, sat there and continued talking as she opened the cash register's drawer to give him change.
The man then reached over to the register, grabbed money and struggled with the cashier as she attempted to slam the register drawer on his hands, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Susan Hadl.
The man ran out of the store with $180, ran east across the parking lot and disappeared through a gap in a privacy fence, Hadl said. The theft occurred between 1:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.
The cashier was angry.
"We thought she would be upset, but she was mad about it," said store manager Ed Craig.
Proceeds from items sold in the store are used for needy veterans in Kansas, Craig said.
Richard Miller, service officer for the DAV Local Chapter 22, said he thought the incident was "pretty low."
"This problem person was probably an alcoholic or was on drugs," Miller said. "It's a pretty rotten deal.
"If he was a veteran and he needed something, all he would have had to do was ask."
Craig said the store had never been robbed before.
Insurance will cover the loss, he said.
"He didn't get away with much," Craig said.
Police are searching for the suspect, described as a black man in his late 20s to early 30s, 6 feet 5 inches tall, 160 pounds with short black hair that is gray at the temples.
"They (police) really want him bad," Craig said. "They sure did a good job after it happened."
Police still were trying to identify the suspect on Wednesday, Hadl said.
Anyone who has any information should call 841-7210.