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article imageThief tried to flush stolen cash down toilet at KFC, police say

By JohnThomas Didymus     May 27, 2012 in Crime
Des Moines - Police say that a Des Moines man was arrested Friday after he allegedly robbed a store and tried to destroy evidence by flushing stolen money down the toilet at a fast-food restaurant.
Des Moines Register reports police sergeant Chris Scott, said the robbery was reported at about 10:30 a.m.
The man, Daron Thomas, 24, waited in line at a "Check-Into-Cash" store at 4125 University Avenue, and when it was his turn, he demanded cash.
According to Des Moines Register, the employees gave him money but it wasn't enough, so he jumped over the counter to help himself.
After he left the store, witnesses gave police a description of the man, and later, a police officer saw him. Thomas, as he tried to escape, ran into a KFC restaurant, 3200 Forest Avenue. He went into the bathroom, and according to MSN, he did not even get the chance to buy a KFC Snacker with the stolen money before he tried flushing the money down the toilet to get rid of evidence.
KCCI-TV reports that Alex Smith, a staff at the KFC restaurant, said: "He took all the money he had in check and whatever and flushed it down our toilet in our men's bathroom and clogged it."
KCCI-TV reports a plumbing company was called to help recover the cash.
Des Moines Register reports police arrested Thomas and charged him with first-degree robbery and interference with official acts. Police were able to recover some of the money but it was uncertain if he had flushed any of the money down the toilet.
Police say he had a knife when he was arrested but the knife was not displayed during the robbery.
According to Des Moines Register, he was still being held Friday on $25,300 bail at the Polk County Jail.
KCCI-TV reports another employee at KFC, Britni Sheeder, said: "Crazy day at KFC..."
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