Janitor stops theft with one swing of his mop - KCTV5

Janitor stops theft with one swing of his mop

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LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -

Lawrence Police are on the lookout for two men who tried to make off with a cash register from an area grocery store, and the thieves might have pulled it off if it wasn't for a brave employee and his mop.

The Dillons grocery and supermarket on West 23rd Street between Alabama and Naismith Drive in Lawrence, KS is where the attempted theft went down. Luckily, a quick-thinking janitor noticed all the commotion and did his part to clean up the crime.

Jonie Bontrager makes a point to do all her grocery shopping at Dillons.

"It's lovely. They just rejuvenated the whole store. It's beautiful," she said.

Bontrager said she always feels safe while at the store and couldn't believe two men tried to make off with an entire cash drawer from one of the registers.

"I was shocked. I would never believe it would happen here. Someplace else, maybe. There's people everywhere, lots of security," she said.

Police said the theft happened around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday when a female employee working in a check-out lane saw two men dressed all in black enter the store and run behind another check-out lane counter. Police said one man tried to steal the cash register's drawer.

That's when police said a janitor grabbed a mop and took a swing, hitting one of the thieves. One man dropped the loot and both took off running.

"My first reaction is ‘that is hilarious!' Only in Lawrence, KS could you stop someone without a gun - a mop… that's even better. I hope they give that guy a raise - he was on top of it for sure," said Bontrager when she heard the outrageous story.

Luckily no one was hurt during the incident but police said both men are still on the loose.

Lawrence police ask that anyone with information that could help find the two thieves call them at 785-830-7430.

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