UPDATE: Salvation Army store robbed in South Bend


South Bend, Ind. A man decided to help himself to some cash at a store whose profits help others.

Around 3 p.m. Thursday, South Bend Police say they were called to the Salvation Army Family Store in the 1900 block of East Ireland Road.

Police say a man wearing several layers and a bandana around his face told the cashiers he had a knife and took an undisclosed amount of cash.

"The money that we use in our thrift stores helps us operate our drug and rehab men's center downtown," said Major Nelson DeLaVergne. "We have 60 men who depend on the income from these stores to operate that program in order for them to get their lives back together and get out there and get back at being good citizens."

Witnesses say the suspect is around 5-foot-10 and was heavily-clothed. The man reportedly left some of his layers behind as he ran from the scene.

DeLaVergne says the store recently installed security cameras, but the footage isn't clear enough to help identify the suspect.

He's hopeful the person responsible will be caught; so are many shoppers.

"This money goes toward the community, it goes to helping people get jobs, helping people get on their feet," said Kelley Rahmah. "It's absolutely ridiculous. There's no sense in it."

Anyone with information should call South Bend Police.


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