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‘Sloppy’ Robbery Kills Accomplice

July 20, 2002

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ A man fleeing the scene of a robbery accidentally shot his accomplice in the head, police said.

Two men stole the company payroll of a downtown sheet-metal company on Friday, making off with $4,000, police said. One of the men was shot and killed by his accomplice when the accomplice turned and fired shots at workers who were chasing them.

A bandanna-mask still partially obscuring his face, the accomplice collapsed and died in an alley alongside the Uni-Pro Inc. sheet-metal company.

The dead man remained unidentified, and the other man remained at large. The money was not recovered, police said.

``It’s a robbery that got sloppy,″ police Capt. Lou Campione said.

The robbers held up a woman who had just returned to work after cashing employees’ paychecks for them, police said.

``They accosted her and took the money she had in her handbag, which was the payroll,″ said Lt. Joseph Maum. The woman, whose name was not released, screamed _ attracting the attention of workers who gave chase.

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