At a time Sunday morning when many folks may have been dropping donations into collection baskets at churches, two men in their early 20s were collecting more than $2,000 during a robbery at the George Street Pub, La Crosse police said.
The incident took place about 11:20 a.m., when the bartender asked the two men what she could get them. They demanded that she hand over over all of the money. She surrendered a bank deposit pouch that she had placed on a cooler, which had about $1,000, according to the report.
One of the men said he meant all of the money, so she gave him a bag holding about $500 and another, with $522, according to the police report.
Both men, wearing pulled-up hoodies, then ran out — one via the front door and the other, the back, knocking over bar stools on the way, as the bartender hurled a beer bottle at one.
The police investigation includes swabbing the stools where the men had sat in a quest for DNA, as well as examining surveillance video. The bartender did not see a weapon, the report said.