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Robber leaves without cash after clerk gets sick

I love bumbling crook stories. Here’s a good one from The Capital in Annapolis.

The scene of the crime: Xtra Mart Fuel in Edgewater.

Time/day: 1 a.m., Sunday.

Suspect: “He is described as white and in his early 20s with a thin build, wearing a dark colored or maroon hooded jacket and a dark colored bandana covering his mouth and chin,” the paper said.

Crime: Robbery, with knife.

The narrative: The suspect enters the store, whips out the knife, demands money from the clerk. The clerk gets sick, begins breathing heavily, and falls on the floor. If he wants the money, the clerk says, the suspect can get it himself.

The suspect is apparently too lazy or — I am just guessing here --- has a hunch the clerk is faking it and setting him up for something. I don’t know. I’m not a crook. (And I hope the clerk is okay; the report didn’t say.)

At any rate, The Capital says, “The man became frustrated and left the store without any money.”

Help: Police are asking anyone who might be able to help solve the robbery to contact Metro Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Michael Rosenwald is a reporter on the Post's local enterprise team. He writes about the intersection of technology, business and culture.


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