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New Port Richey store clerk thwarts robbery with 'no' and walks out

NEW PORT RICHEY — Something unusual happened when a robber told the clerk at the Kangaroo Convenience Store to open the cash register and give him all the money.

She said no.

The holdup happened about 9 p.m. Wednesday at the store at 3514 Grand Blvd. The man told the clerk he had a gun, but she didn't see one, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

When he repeated his demand for the money, she again told him no. Get it yourself, she said, according to the report.

The clerk, who is in her 50s, walked out of the store. She called the police at a neighboring business.

The would-be thief fled on his bike. Deputies arrested a suspect 30 minutes later at the Amscot on U.S. 19 in Holiday, after the employees there called saying he was making a disturbance. According to the arrest report, he kept trying to cash a stolen check. The Kangaroo clerk identified him as the robber.

Charles Robert Davis III, 22, who lists himself as homeless and unemployed, is charged with attempted robbery, trying to cash the stolen check and violating his probation. He is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $154,000 bail.

Margaret Graham has been the manager at the Kangaroo store for 16 years. She took over the rest of the clerk's shift Wednesday night. Graham said the clerk wasn't rattled — and didn't regret refusing the robber. "It was a little punk kid who rode up here on a bicycle," Graham said. "Come on."

New Port Richey store clerk thwarts robbery with 'no' and walks out 02/19/09 [Last modified: Thursday, February 19, 2009 8:05pm]
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