A quick-thinking clerk thwarted an armed robber early Monday morning.
A 49-year-old male clerk told police that a man wearing a ski mask entered the Casey's General Store at 900 South St. at about 2 a.m. Monday, pointed a black handgun at him and demanded money.
The clerk backed away from the counter and locked himself in a room.
The robber, unable to get access to the cash register, rummaged through the store and wound up stealing about $13 worth of tobacco products, said LPD Officer Erin Spilker.
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When police officers arrived, they initially detained someone, but it turned out the person had been outside the store when the robbery occurred and was a potential witness.
Spilker said there were actually several people outside when the robber entered and he even acknowledged them, a move she called "pretty brazen."
The suspect was described as 5-foot-5 to 5-7 with a skinny build. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt underneath a tan Carhartt-style coat, red jogging pants with white stripes down the side and black shoes. He also was carrying a black backpack.
Spilker said police are waiting to examine video from the store, and are asking anyone who may have details about the robbery to call police.
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