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Crime Stoppers: Clerk can't open register, robber gives up

(Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg police) (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg police)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A shot was fired inside a convenience store, but that's not the only surprising thing that occurred during a recent attempted armed robbery in Charlotte. 

At midnight, a man in a hoodie and mask enters a convenience store, which is never a good sign.

"He has what appears to be a black .380 in his hand, and he has gloves and a gray hoodie and something over his face," said CMPD Detective Tori Roddey.

He's on a surveillance camera inside the 7-Eleven store at Central Avenue and North Sharon Amity.

"He walks up directly to the cash register, and tells him give me the money, open the drawer or I'll shoot," Roddey said.

But unlucky for this crook, the clerk was new to his job and flustered.  The clerk said he didn't know how to open the register and that caused the robber to do something very unexpected.  He takes the magazine out of the gun and shows it to the clerk.  Why?

"Probably as a scare tactic to let him know he meant business and to let him know the gun was not just a dummy gun, it was actually loaded," Roddey said. 

But the clerk still can't get the cash drawer open so the bad guy gives up and begins to walk away. The attempted robber then fires a single shot into the wall.

"I think it was just in anger," Roddey said. 

He may be angry, but he's in no hurry to leave, because he was walking nonchalantly out to the parking lot. The robber didn't know that there was an outside surveillance camera that caught a glimpse of his face when he pulled his mask down.

"Two different witnesses saw him at two different locations that night and nobody saw a vehicle, so we're thinking he probably was on foot," Roddey said. 

Without a car, the man was last seen walking on Central Avenue. Police believe the man may be a local.  If you know him, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.  We pay extra when a crook is fully disguised.

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