Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS - With the first day of school just days away, many families are stocking up on uniforms. But one family will have to start shopping all over again after a shocking armed robbery in Algiers.

Neighbors say a 54-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were walking to their home inside the Cyprus Run apartment complex in the 6100 block of Tullis Drive in Algiers around 7 p.m. Saturday.

Police say that's when two unknown armed black males demanded their shopping bags, then made off with more than $80 worth of school uniforms.

'There is no reason for a student, a child, to have to go back to school without their needs,' said Rufus Potier, store director of Academy Sports and Outdoors on the Westbank.

That's why Academy Sports is working to make sure the family's needs are met. The company is trying to reach out to the victims to give them gift cards for new uniforms.

'It's part of being Academy, being a lifestyle business,' said Potier. 'It's very important. Some schools won't even allow you back into school unless you are supplied correctly.'

'I thought it was awful that people can't walk the neighborhoods or even go shopping without something like this happening,' said Jermaine Lewis, president of the nearby Tall Timbers Extension Civic Association.

According to Lewis, the area where the robbery happened is one of Algiers' crime hot spots. In fact, police are investigating a murder that happened last month inside the same apartment complex.

Police have redirected patrols to the area, including plain clothes officers. They don't believe the robbers were targeting school uniforms, but instead robbed the victims because they had shopping bags.

Police are still working to catch the robbers. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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