January 14, 2016 1:37 pm

Store clerk scolds armed thief, convinces him to put gun away during robbery

WATCH ABOVE: Armed robber walks away from Indiana convenience store empty-handed after a stern lecture from a clerk. Jennie Runevitch reports.


An incredible scene played out in Indiana when a store clerk began scolding an armed thief, eventually convincing him to put away his pistol.

Greenwood, Indiana’s Assistant Police Chief Matthew Fillenwarth says he’s never seen anything like the footage before. The video released by the Discount Tobacco store shows a suspect brandish a pistol while confronting the store clerk on Dec. 29.

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“That’s what he told the investigating officers, ‘I was telling him this is wrong, what you’re doing,'” Fillenwarth explained to WTHR.

The senior officer described the clerk as “pointing his finger, like a parent would.”

“He starts lecturing the robbery suspect on how what he’s doing is wrong and people work hard for their money and he shouldn’t be stealing,” Fillenwarth added.

Footage shows the suspect make his way behind the cash register to mistakenly try and retrieve some cash.

“The clerk is not intimidated. Then look, he says, ‘you step back, you put the gun away and I’ll give you some money,'” Fillenwarth said. “The suspect complies and even throws his arms out, like ‘look okay, see, I put the gun out, give me some money now.'”

The unidentified suspect eventually walked out with an undisclosed amount of money. Police say “a few hundred dollars” isn’t worth losing a life over.

NBC claims to have spoken with the clerk, who admitted he should not have put himself in danger but added the robbery made him angry.

Greenwood Police continue to investigate.

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