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When a man allegedly tried to rob a convenience store in Gastonia, N.C., a surveillance camera got it all. It showed the man drive up to the store, get out and start rifling through a dumpster. He emerged with a paper bag which he took into the store while wearing what looked like a ski mask that had been put on the wrong way. As he entered the store, he dropped the bag, and stumbled as he tried to pick it up. The store clerk, Guillermo Troncoso, said the man asked for money. Troncoso thought he was joking because of the ridiculous way he was wearing the mask. So the robber showed him a gun, but when the clerk didn’t seem daunted by it, the robber put the gun down on the counter so he could grab the cash register. The clerk pulled it back by its electric cord, and both the robber and the register fell down onto the floor. Of course, Troncoso had already grabbed the gun off the counter, as well as a baseball bat. Troncoso jumped up on the counter and started hitting the robber in the head with the bat, sending him running out of the store, but he slipped and fell trying to get into his car. Troncoso managed to get in one last good hit as he smashed out the back window of the car before it got away. His description of that damage helped police to track the suspect down, and Randall Scott Strait, 47, was charged with attempted armed robbery. (JW/WCNC Charlotte) ...They need a new charge: armed and stupid.
Original Publication Date: 06 March 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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