Sporting Uruguay thieves wait on customers

MONTEVIDEO Fri Sep 7, 2007 11:00am EDT

Sport shoes are displayed in this file photo taken on August 3, 2005. Three thieves robbing a sporting goods store in Uruguay spent half an hour waiting on customers before making their getaway with merchandise and the money from the till, police said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

Sport shoes are displayed in this file photo taken on August 3, 2005. Three thieves robbing a sporting goods store in Uruguay spent half an hour waiting on customers before making their getaway with merchandise and the money from the till, police said on Wednesday.

Credit: Reuters/Christian Charisius

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MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Three thieves robbing a sporting goods store in Uruguay spent half an hour waiting on customers before making their getaway with merchandise and the money from the till, police said on Wednesday.

The armed gang held up the store in an upper-middle-class neighborhood of the capital, Montevideo, on Tuesday. They locked up one store employee in a back room and forced another clerk to hand over money and sporting goods.

Then some customers came in, and the robbers sold them goods for about 30 minutes before jumping into a truck where a driver was waiting for them.

A police spokesman told Reuters that detectives were investigating the case but did not yet know how much was stolen.

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