Two gas-station clerks were in no mood to be toyed with when an armed robber demanded money for a second night in a row. They called his bluff and he ran.
Broward Sheriff's detectives are searching for the man who got away with nearly $200 in the first robbery at RaceTrac, 3996 Pembroke Road, but left empty-handed the next night when the clerks noticed that his gun didn't look real.
"They didn't know the first time that it was a toy gun, so they gave him money," said RaceTrac manager Veronica Laboy. "The second time, [the employees] knew it was a toy gun so they were sort of like, 'Get out of here, we're going to call the police,' and he left."
The first robbery happened shortly after 1 a.m. Feb. 9. Around 11:40 p.m. Feb. 10, surveillance video captured the same man entering the store and yelling, "Where the money at? I'm serious, give me the money," sheriff's officials said.
This time, however, one of the clerks took a closer look at the object in the man's hand.
"Are you going to rob me with a toy gun?" the clerk asked, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Laboy said the suspect looks familiar.
"It was the same guy, for sure it was the same guy," she said. "They were saying he looked like one of the guys who hang around out there in the street."
Surveillance video released Friday shows a man with a dark complexion, wearing a black do-rag on his head, a dark T-shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers, approaching the two cashiers during the Feb. 10 incident, waving the toy gun in his hand.
One of the employees is seen reaching for a phone, then speaking with the would-be robber, who leaves without taking anything, the video shows.
"Now we have these devices," Laboy said, pointing to a remote control alarm clipped to her belt. "We press them and the police come."
Laboy said the employees weren't rattled by the incident.
"They are OK," she said. "When I asked them about the robbery they said, 'Not on my shift.'"
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