Clerk ignores robber with gun, "bomb," fake nose and afro wig

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Maybe it was the big fake nose.  Or maybe the afro wig.  Or the gun.  Whatever it was, there was some reason that the worker at Ace Cash Express on W. Innes St. in Salisbury wanted nothing to do with the man who tried to rob the office on Monday afternoon.

According to police, a man wearing what the officer described as "a clown nose," and an afro wig walked into the office and sat a briefcase on the counter.  He opened the briefcase to display what the clerk said was a gun and a plastic bottle containing liquid and wires.

When the man handed the clerk a note, she handed it right back without looking at it, then turned and walked back to an inner office to call the police.

The would be robber then screamed at her, demanding that she read the note, but again, she refused.  The man then turned and walked out, with the big fake clown nose leading the way to his escape.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Salisury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.