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Posing as store employees, thieves hit Foodland IGA

Police seeking two male suspects who stole $3,000

Posted: November 20, 2013 - 5:56pm  |  Updated: November 21, 2013 - 12:12am

Wearing Foodland IGA apparel, two men posing as employees stole approximately $3,000 from the store’s cash registers early Monday morning, according to the Juneau Police Department.

The two men duped a cleaning clew into letting them into the downtown supermarket on West Willoughby Avenue sometime between 1:30 and 2 a.m., according to JPD spokesman Lt. David Campbell.

“They said they were there to stock the shelves,” the cleaning crew reported, according to Campbell in a phone interview late Wednesday afternoon.

Members of the cleaning crew noticed the shelves weren’t being stocked and went looking for the men. They weren’t there — and neither was money in the cash registers near the Customer Service station at the front of the store, Campbell said.

The employees notified police, but the suspects were long gone by the time officers arrived. The store manager who responded to the scene with the officers said he believes $3,000 was stolen, but they don’t have an exact count yet, Campbell said.

The registers were forcibly opened, he added, and investigators are actively working leads.

When reached by phone Tuesday, a manager at the stored declined the comment. The owner of the store, Seattle-based Myers Group, did not return phone calls seeking comment.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

 

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