Pair swipes cash during coordinated San Francisco Goodwill robbery

Secondhand goods: A Goodwill store on Fillmore Street was knocked over last week by two men who apparently knew exactly what they wanted — and where to find it.

Goons wearing ski masks reportedly robbed a San Francisco Goodwill store last week just 15 minutes after closing time, making off with cash.

Two robbers reportedly knocked on the rear door of the store at 1669 Fillmore St. about 8:15 p.m. Friday. When a 27-year-old female employee answered, the crooks forced their way in, said Police Department Officer Gordon Shyy.

The suspects appeared to know exactly where to find the cash. After one of them produced a handgun, they reportedly took the employee to the manager’s room at the back of the store, which houses a safe.

“It doesn’t appear that they told the victim to direct them where to go,” Shyy said, adding that the safe just happened to already be open.

An undisclosed amount of cash was taken, Shyy said, but store merchandise was ignored. The employee told police that her purse, which contained her wallet, was also swiped.

Investigators have not said whether there is a chance the heist was an inside job. The employee said she did not know the men, Shyy said.

The suspects were described only as possibly being in their late teens or early 20s and wearing black ski masks and blue jeans.

A male employee said Monday that his co-worker wasn’t injured during the robbery. He declined to comment further and said his manager would not be in Monday.

The Goodwill does have surveillance cameras, Shyy said, and police are reviewing footage from the night in question.

As of Monday, no suspects were in custody, Shyy said.

The charitable store was robbed during the height of the holiday shopping season. Goodwill resells donated items and uses the proceeds to provide employment, job training and other programs for those who lack education and work experience, and for people with disabilities, according to parent company Goodwill Industries.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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