By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
MELVINDALE – Despite threatening a clerk with a switchblade, a would-be thief left 7-Eleven, 18210 Allen Road, empty-handed Jan. 16 after the clerk refused to hand over the cash register contents.
The suspect, a white male in his 40s, wearing jeans, a green plaid jacket, a blue knit cap and a black face mask, entered the store at 7:27 a.m., and walked toward the beverage cooler in the back of the store, then to the ATM in the northwest corner.
In the surveillance footage, his attempt to use the ATM appeared to be unsuccessful.
The man then went to the clerk, pulled a knife from his pocket, and attempted to access the area behind the counter, where the clerk was working the register.
However, the clerk was able to hit a panic button, which alerted police officers to the store. The man then fled the store, heading north until he was out of range of the surveillance cameras.
The man matches the description of a suspect in an earlier robbery at a Speedway gas station in Taylor.