Investigators are working to determine whether or not the theft was an inside job. As of late Saturday, they didn't know how the thieves got inside the store, how they got out, or how they knew where the money was.
The night before Christmas always is a busy night at K-mart as shoppers buy up last-minute gifts. The robbers probably knew there could be a lot of cash inside the store, regardless of whether they worked at the store or not.
According to Lt. A.J. Carter of the Durham Police Department, the amount of cash taken made the theft one of the largest store robberies in recent Durham history.
According to a police report, the thieves damaged an alarm bell.
Kmart officials said the store closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Assistant store manager Aaron Tolliver said K-mart will conduct its own investigation.
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