CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - An extremely nervous crook steals hundreds of cigarettes from a local gas station.
It happened at 3:00 a.m. inside the Citgo on I-85 and Statesville road. There's a man in a red hat who is undisguised and nervous.
"There are a lot of red flags as we like to call them," said CMPD Detective Brandon Miller.
He starts by asking for a popular brand of cigarettes - Newport 100s.
“We think that was more of a delay tactic, because as soon as the clerk takes his focus off of the guy, that’s when he pulls out the gun.”
He reached under his shirt and out comes a gun. He demanded money and this becomes a dangerous moment.
“It could have easily turned deadly, this guy jumping around like that waving the gun. The gun could have accidentally gone off, or he could have been so nervous he thought the clerk was going for a weapon of his own and fired the weapon.”
He couldn't wait for the clerk, so he ran behind the counter to find just $49 in the register. But he wanted more.
"He also wanted the Newports he initially asked for. He got about 30 to 40 packs of cigarettes."
And he couldn't wait to get out-- from across the parking lot, we could barely see his exit.
"This guy is in such a hurry that when he runs, he actually runs through the fence, not jump over it, but runs through the fence."
Police estimate he got $140 of cigarettes, $39 cash, and he stole the clerk's cell phone.
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