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NIAGARA FALLS – A man on Sunday night threatened a clerk in a 7-Eleven on Niagara Falls Boulevard, indicating that he had a gun and demanding money. When the clerk refused, the robber tried a different tactic – saying please. Both methods were unsuccessful and the robber left empty-handed.

Police have been unsuccessful in locating the man.

The clerk at the store at 9101 Niagara Falls Blvd. said the man approached the register just after 11 p.m., carrying a bag with what appeared to be a barrel, possibly for a long gun ,sticking out. The man pointed the bag at the clerk and said, “You know what I want.”

But the clerk said he did not believe it was a gun and told the man to leave, then went back to what he was working on.

The suspect then tried a different approach saying, “Can I please have the money?”

The clerk said he told the robber to get out and the suspect left through the parking lot on foot.

The Niagara County Sheriff Department’s K-9 unit was called to track the suspect, but was unable to locate him.

Detectives reviewed the security footage and described the suspect as a white male, possibly in his late 30s, about 6 feet, 2 inches tall, 180 pounds, wearing a white rag or scarf covering his face, dark sunglasses, a black hooded sweatshirt pulled up around his face, blue jeans with rips on both knees and carrying a gray or dark-colored bag.

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