A would-be thief ran off empty handed after a sales clerk at a Linthicum Exxon struggled with him, police said.

A sales clerk at the Uppy’s Exxon in the 400 block of Camp Meade Road told Anne Arundel County police a man walked behind the counter, took several cartons of cigarettes and tried to run out of the store with them sometime before 1:44 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.

The clerk confronted the man, police said, and he dropped the cigarettes after a struggle. He then threatened the store worker with a knife and fled.

Police are still looking for the man, described as a white male in his late 20s standing between 5’ 8” and 5’ 10” who was wearing faded black jeans, a hooded sweatshirt with a black and neon blue design and black tennis shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-866-7LOCKUP, text “MCS” and a message to CRIMES (274637) or submit a tip online.