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Crime Stoppers: Would-be robber gets fleeced by brave clerk

Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Surveillance courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Recently, we've seen a rash of robberies where the crook wound up with empty pockets. But, we've never seen an attempted stick-up that ended with the robber losing his money.

The Family Dollar store on East W.T. Harris is a busy place before 10 a.m. Saturdays.

"A gentleman comes in to buy a pack of Newport cigarettes," said CMPD Detective Tori Roddey.

When this man gets to the counter, he asks for cigarettes.  The clerk disappears from camera range briefly to collect his smokes from the rack.

"When she brought them back around, he produced a ten dollar bill to pay for them."

She begins to ring up his purchase. And, as she reaches for his money, things get dicey.

Suddenly, he has something sharp in his right hand. It could be a knife, a piece of metal, or even a nail file.

"He tells her give me all the money and this is not a joke."

But the clerk is laughing at his threat.

He's got a ten dollar bill in his hand and some sort of sharp object. She looks at it and thinks it's a joke.

"Right," said the detective, "she doesn't think this is serious. She thought it was a joke because he reached toward him and he swiped at her to let her know he wasn't playing around."

He swipes his sharp object at her hand and grazes her. But the conversation doesn't end there.

He says, "I'm serious."

Her reply, according to the detective - "Good luck with that. And he gets no money at all."

Even worse, when she calls for her nearby manager, he quickly exits the store. But he forgets to take the ten dollar bill he handed her.

He was last seen headed toward Hickory Grove Road. Know him? He should be easy to identify as witnesses say they've seen him in the store before. 

Call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 and there is a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.

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