Lee's Summit thrift store that helps homeless robbed

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - The Hillcrest Thrift Store in Lee's Summit, which often helps those less fortunate, was robbed on Monday.

"I went into the other office and the cash was missing, one of the t-v was missing at that point called the police," Store Manager Gayle Brunson said.

According to the managers, someone broke in through the store's side door.

In total, more than $800 in cash, jewelry and electronics was stolen.

"We receive donations here, we sell them then we turn that money into supporting the apartments and the families," Brunson said.

All profits are used to assist people from homelessness to self-sufficiency within 90 days.

The store relies on volunteers like Noel Vetter, who spends five to six days a week at the Lee's Summit location.

"When I first heard about it when I came in that morning I was a little disgusted about the whole thing," Vetter said.

However, the community is showing their generosity. Businesses donated a brand new surveillance and security system to the store.

Still, the notion of what happened to this thrift store puzzles many.

"To violate this store where volunteers come and give their time and energy to do something for good for their community it's quite discouraging," Brunson said.

Lee's Summit police are currently investigating but haven't made any arrests in the case.

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