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Robber armed with knife, coffee takes cash from St. Petersburg convenience store

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are searching for a man who threw coffee on a 7-Eleven clerk just before he tried to rob the store at 3001 34th St. N earlier this month.

A surveillance video released by police shows the man entering the 7-Eleven store on Oct. 12 and walking to the back of the store to get a cup of coffee. Police said he waited for the clerk, threw hot coffee on him and reached into the cash drawer.

The suspect presented a knife to the clerk, but the clerk drew a concealed gun and the would-be robber ran, police said, taking with him bills totaling less than $50. Police think the man may be homeless and living in the area.

A spokeswoman for 7-Eleven also confirmed that the employee who drew the gun has been fired, in accordance with company policy that forbids employees to carry weapons and to use them to prevent a robbery.

"Our research tells us it's not a good idea to pull a weapon when you're confronted," said company spokeswoman Margaret Chabris.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to please contact Detective Wallace Pavelski at (727) 893-4823.

Robber armed with knife, coffee takes cash from St. Petersburg convenience store 10/24/13 [Last modified: Friday, October 25, 2013 8:05pm]
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