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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Most criminals prepare themselves before they commit a crime.
But not everyone.
One crook had to borrow one of the tools of his trade from his victim.
It was 10:40PM on a Tuesday night in East Charlotte. A man wearing a gray zip-up hoodie was seen getting out of a dark sedan and walking across The Plaza to Simon's Mart.
He's seen on surveillance video going into the store and asking the clerk for a paper bag.
But he doesn't want just any paper bag. He wants a big one.
Detective Marty Cuthbertson said, "When she pulled out the bigger bag, he demanded she fill the bag up with money and pulled out a gun."
The clerk momentarily hesitated, but once she gets a brief glimpse of the silver handgun in his pocket, she acts quickly, taking big bills from the register and filling up the paper bag.
This crook may have forgotten to bring a bag, but he's not short on bravado-- sticking-up the clerk as another customer walks through the front door. He never flinched, getting his borrowed bag of money and disappearing into the night.
"He ran out of the store and ran up the Plaza toward Barrington. And I don't know if they got in a vehicle that was waiting."
The description is vague-- a slim man, in his mid-20's, with a thin beard. If you can help, call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.
Crime Stoppers wants to thank Ed Guevara of Chiquita for generously donating $5,000 to the general fund which goes directly to rewards payouts.
And don't forget you can download the new Crime Stoppers app for your smart phone. You can get it free on our website, wbtv.com/crimestoppers.