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“Bloomer Bandits” strike again! Store employee fired at them during robbery at 27th and Melvina

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MILWAUKEE -- The so-called "Bloomer Bandits" have struck again!

FOX6 News has learned a violent robbery crew targeting Milwaukee businesses is accused of hitting up a grocery store. The store's owner said his employee took out a gun and fired several shots at the suspects.

Big Mama Food Pantry

Big Mama Food Pantry

The doors to Milwaukee's Big Mama Food Pantry near 27th and Melvina were closed Monday, January 30th.

The store's owner told FOX6 News by telephone he's too scared to return to work after what happened on Friday afternoon.

Big Mama Food Pantry

Big Mama Food Pantry

In broad daylight, Milwaukee police said the suspects entered the store just before 1:00 p.m. and flashed a gun at the clerk. The same group of people Milwaukee police have dubbed the "Bloomer Bandits," allegedly responsible for a string of armed robberies over the past two weeks, is believed responsible for this crime.

Bloomer Bandits

Bloomer Bandits

At Big Mama, police said the crooks demanded and obtained cash.

The store's owner said his employee had a gun and fired at the suspects. Sources told FOX6 News the suspects were not hit.

"The violence that they`ve used in these robberies has escalated," Reid Norris, FBI supervisory special agent said.

Bloomer Bandits

Bloomer Bandits

The "Bloomer Bandits" got their name because of the colorful underwear worn by one of the suspects.

The FBI is assisting Milwaukee police with this investigation.

On Friday, the owner of a salon told FOX6 News he panicked when two masked men stormed through the door, put a gun to his back and stole his wallet and cash.

Bloomer Bandits

Bloomer Bandits

"They put one of the guns in front of me, and they put me on the ground," the salon's owner said.

Meanwhile, at Big Mama, the owner said his surveillance cameras captured the suspects. The video has been turned over to police. There's hope the "bloomers" will soon be hung out to dry.

Bloomer Bandits

Bloomer Bandits

"Almost like the old Wild West, they are putting the bandanna up, busting through the front door, displaying handguns," Norris said.

The FBI is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.

8 comments

  • kmc

    Why are we giving these cowards notoriety by naming them the “bloomer bandits” call them what they are cowards. By recognizing them all you are doing is giving them reason to continue on this crime spree and they feel important because you give them recognition and a name. Why? Tell them to rob places without masks and guns and see how brave they are. Why encourage thugs?

  • JP79

    Buy a belt you loser….. Shows how smart they really are… Hope some one splatters their peanut brain all over the sidewalk.

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