FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOV) – A man who allegedly punched and stole over $1,000 from a female employee outside a Salvation Army thrift store in Florissant on Tuesday has been arrested and charged for the crime.
Edward J. Mitchell, 25, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with second-degree robbery.
Police said the incident happened at the Salvation Army store in the Paddock Hills Plaza shopping center around 8:30 p.m.
According to reports, a female employee was heading towards a vehicle to deposit money in a bank when a regular customer approached and asked for a ride. Authorities said after they got in the car, the suspect punched the woman and grabbed $1,400 in store receipts before fleeing the scene.
Store officials said the money was intended to fund drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.
The administrator of the Salvation Army’s adult rehabilitation center, Major Kendall Mathews, said a criminal could not get much lower than to steal from them. He said they will be soliciting donations soon to pay for surveillance cameras to be installed at all seven of their thrift stores.
Officials did not say if the stolen money was recovered after the suspect was arrested.