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Burglars run but can’t hide permanently from police… and a guy with two “passions” make headlines.

Once again we have proof of the theory that sports memorabilia is never far from the police blotter.

Cops in Kansas City tracked down a prostitute accused of aiding in the robbery of one of her “customers” last weekend and then stealing his car. Why do we report such a thing? It seems that vehicle contained what the victim claimed was $50,000 worth of sports memorabilia.

After a short investigation, prosecutors in Jackson County, MO have now charged Carolyn A. Williams, 45, of Kansas City, with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.

The sports memorabilia-toting john said he met Williams about 8 p.m. on Independence Avenue near Brooklyn Avenue in Kansas City. After he drove her to a parking lot near Independence and Tracy Avenue, they walked into her apartment, where he thought he was going to pay $40 in exchange for a night of…well…something memorable. Instead, the prostitute and a gun-toting man he was not expecting to join them, pulled a gun and took his cash.

Williams, police say, then asked for more because… ““I got rent due tomorrow”.

$360 now in their possession, the pair then took the man’s cell phone and car keys and told him to walk away. The victim then saw the robbers drive away in his car, with the cache of unidentified sports memorabilia still inside.

Fortunately, police recovered the stolen collectibles but they’re still looking for the suspected gunman.

Meanwhile, WTEM-TV reports that two men from the Elmira, New York area were arrested and jailed after police say they burglarized a local card shop in September.

Elmira Heights Police say they caught up with Ian Williams and Adam Bush. both 26. The two are accused of breaking into “Above the Rim Sports Cards” shop on East 14th Street in Elmira Heights. They’re now facing burglary charges.

Officer Steve Cook told the station that the two men stole $1600 worth of merchandise, but all of it has been recovered.

The pair were arrested separately and are being held in the Chemung County Jail.

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