FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – A hot dog vendor at a Ferguson hardware store is recovering after being hit in the head with a hammer yesterday by one of four shoplifters.

Ferguson Police Captain Dan DeCarli says that as the four were leaving the Home Depot on New Halls Ferry with a couple of stolen hammers and gloves, they grabbed the vendor’s cell phone.

“When he noticed it was gone, he then chased after the subjects and when he caught up with one of the subjects a little struggle ensued at which time the subjects struck the victim,” DeCarli explains.

The vendor is expected to recover. The suspects are black men in their early 20s.

Two of the suspects were wearing white t-shirts, one had a plaid shirt. The fourth was wearing a blue shirt and had his right arm in a cast.

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