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  • Independence fireworks stand robbed at gunpoint

  • Police are searching for three men who robbed an Independence fireworks stand at gunpoint Wednesday morning.

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  • Police are searching for three men who robbed an Independence fireworks stand at gunpoint Wednesday morning.
    Independence police spokesperson Tom Gentry said three black males pulled up in a dark-colored car to the tent in the Noland Fashion Square parking lot at U.S. 40 and Washington Avenue at approximately 4 a.m.
    They approached a security guard in his van and said they were having car trouble. After the guard left his van to help them, the men pulled out handguns and held him at gunpoint.
    While the guard was held at gunpoint, the men took approximately $5,000 worth of fireworks and then fled in the security guard’s silver Dodge Caravan. No one was injured.
    Part of the fireworks stand’s proceeds benefit Hillcrest Ministries, which helps Kansas City-area families make the transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
    Stand manager Andrew Morton told Examiner news partner KMBC Channel 9 that the robbers knew what they were looking for and went straight for the most valuable fireworks.
    “He kept it very calm,” Morton told KMBC. “They were saying, ‘Don’t move, don’t move. We don’t want to have to shoot you,’ and he’s like, ‘Are you kidding? You think I’m going to get myself shot over firecrackers?” But yeah, I mean, praise God, we only lost stuff and no lives.”
    Police are asking anyone with information on the robbery or the suspects to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
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