July 28, 2014

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Robbers hit Goodwill in Lorain

LORAIN — Two men were stealthy enough late Tuesday to creep into a local Goodwill store, rob it at gunpoint, hold up a woman at knifepoint and leave — all without letting most of the store’s employees know anything was afoot.

The men escaped about 8:15 p.m. with a total of $1,220 from the Cooper Foster Park Road thrift store, according to a Lorain police report.

Two victims described the men as being of unknown race, about 6 feet, 2 inches tall and wearing black gloves and boots.

The first man was thin, wore all black clothing, a ski mask and carried a semiautomatic pistol.

The second man had a medium build, spoke with a Spanish accent and wore a camouflage coat and pants. He also carried a 6-inch butcher knife, the report said.

An employee who was counting money in the manager’s office told police the first man pinned her face against a wall. He put the gun against her head and told her not to move or look at him, she told police.

The man took $1,128 from the register drawer and $17 from the employee’s purse. Through it all, the woman’s 2-month-old grandson was in the office with her, she told police.

The second man walked into a cubicle at the back of the store and flashed his knife at a clerk, forcing her to hand over $75 from her wallet, the report said.

Both men then ran out the back door — before the five other store employees realized what was happening, police said.

No arrests had been made late Wednesday. Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call the Lorain police’s detective bureau at (440) 204-2105.

Contact Jason Hawk at 329-7148 or jhawk@chroniclet.com.