Cross-dressing crook, partner rob New Orleans store

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 5:11pm

New Orleans Police are seeking a two-man robbery team which included one burly and strong-looking thief in a dress and woman's wig.

The duo last Friday robbed the Mushroom, a popular underground record store at 1037 Broadway Street just off of Tulane's campus, according to store employees and the New Orleans Police.

Employees said a gun was jammed into the back of one store clerk by the dress-wearing bandit. The other robber was said to have had the end of a pistol visible in the area of his waistline.

One robber had what appeared to have a t-shirt tied around the bottom portion of his face, while the cross dresser sported a black dress and wig, employees said.

They're seen on surveillance video walking behind the store counter, physically moving and ordering employees away from the register before cash was snatched.

The footage shows two employees, a man and woman, being forced to the back of the store where the thieves stole a change box from a safe before demanding the business' security footage.

Employees said once the robbers were told the video was digital and couldn't be handed over in tape or disc form, the stick-up men left with their stolen money.

There were no injuries.

New Orleans Police say the dress-wearing man is about 6-feet tall and stocky. The other robber stands around 5'8", wore dark-colored jeans and a dark shirt.

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