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Collierville's barefoot bandit caught on tape

(WMC-TV) - Collierville police are looking for a barefoot bandit and his accomplice. They were caught on camera robbing a dry cleaners.

It was a bold move for the two young bandits, who may not have realized the business had a surveillance camera that got captured them in action.

"I saw this guy walk in wearing a bandana and I saw the gun in his hand," said employee Alexis Douglas.

A surveillance camera caught the shoeless bandit wearing a bandana, but didn't catch a glimpse of a weapon as he and another crook robbed Collierville's Dryclean Super Center.

It was 5:30 Saturday afternoon, just before closing, and no customers were in the store.

Video shows employees were at the counter when the bandits walked in the front door.

"A sharp shooting pain went through my body," said a 17-year-old employee who does not want to be identified. The video shows her running to the back of the shop and hiding.

"I was thinking ‘What was happening to the girls up here,'" she said. "So the first initial thought was ‘Okay, I guess this is it.'"

"They kept asking for money, money, money."

Video shows one of them taking an employees iPhone and then they disappear into the office and demanded cash from Alexis Douglas who was counting the cleaner's money.

"As soon as I realized what was going on I went into shutdown mode," she said. "I couldn't move. I sat in the chair."

While that was happening, the petrified, 17-year-old employee was still hiding.

"It was bad," she said. "I started thinking about my family and I started thinking about whose those kids were. They seemed like me."

Employees say the bandits looked like they were 17 or 18-years-old.

The bandits got away with between $300 and $400.

If you think you know who they are, call Collierville Crime Stoppers at 901-457-CASH.

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