Dry cleaner near campus robbed over the weekend

A man broke into a dry cleaning establishment on the edge of campus Sunday and stole more than $200 from the register, the store’s manager said Tuesday.

The man used a brick to smash the glass door of Esteem Cleaners on 21st and Pennsylvania Avenue at about 3:10 a.m., according to a Metropolitan Police Department report.

A building security guard responded to the store’s alarm and observed a man wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt running out of the store at about 3:30 a.m, said Kathy McNeal, the store’s manager. The suspect took off on a bicycle, according to the police report.

Though Esteem Cleaners does not have a security camera, the store’s landlord is working with the International Monetary Fund – which has offices in the area – to see if their cameras picked up any images of the perpetrator. The store’s glass door and cash register were both broken during the incident and MPD is still investigating.

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