Robbers ambush American Legion member in NE Phila.

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Detectives are looking for two armed robbers who targeted an American Legion hall in Northeast Philadelphia on Friday morning. (WPVI)

Detectives are looking for two armed robbers who targeted an American Legion hall in Northeast Philadelphia on Friday morning.

Police say the pair were waiting just outside a side entrance when a member, who cleans in the morning, took out the trash.

The suspects punched him, stole a box of cash, and fled out a side door.

"They knew about the box. They seem to think they've been in there," said Bill Bieringer of Legion Post 133.

Investigators say the box contained about $300.

The victim was taken to the hospital with a contusion to his head. He is expected to be okay.

Police say the armed robbers were wearing ski masks, so the victim didn't get a good look at them.

The American Legion is a patriotic service organization. The Post is essentially a social club with a bar.

Bieringer works at the Post and is also a member.

"People will do anything today," he said. "Makes me a little nervous when I leave here. On Wednesday night I close up and usually come out that door."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia police.
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