(NY) Clerk snatches gun from robber


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Drizzt
December 28, 2002, 06:49 PM
Clerk snatches gun from robber




December 27, 2002

Albany -- About 9:30 Friday morning, a masked man with a gun tried to rob the One Stop Food Shop on West Oakridge Drive. But the robber got more than he expected, when the store owner fought back.

Store owner P.J. Purani was confronted by a man wearing a black mask, carrying a pistol. He was just robbed two weeks ago. After giving the robber money, Purani noticed the weapon was a B.B. gun. Purani snatches the gun away from the stunned robber, and then chases him from the store.

Purani said "I don't know, it came on my nerves. It was daytime and they came at me. I just grabbed their gun." Purani chased the masked man for two blocks, losing him finally on Evergreen Street.

Purani said "Oh, yea. I chased him down the road, two blocks. But he ran away in the neighborhood. I realized my store was open, so I just came back."

Purani has owned the store for four months, and said it's not fair for his money to be taken. "This was not right, because we are working up here. That's what we have been doing. We are working and they just want to try to take the easy money away from us. No, that's not right."

Investigators are searching for the armed robber, and ask you to call them if you have any information. But they also caution other store clerks not to fight back against armed robbers.

Sgt. Keithen Hall said "We wish that they just go ahead and give the money up. Let the subject go ahead and leave and us follow up on it. Because that situation can be tragic, we could have a tragedy easily."

The armed robber dropped some of the money as he ran, but he did get away with a small amount of cash.

http://www.walb.com/Global/story.asp?S=1063481&nav=5kZQD5dV

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sm
December 28, 2002, 07:16 PM
Well Sgt. Hall, if the populace COULD arm themselves, then perhaps the "tragedy" could be averted because the BG's would be afraid of getting shot, and therefore not hold-up the mom&pop stores. I realize this means Sgt. Hall you couldn't "follow up" afterwards. Maybe less crime, or maybe you hate writing reports on dead perps...dunno.

El Tejon
December 28, 2002, 07:20 PM
Hey, Sgt. Hall, what if the BGs stuck up a New York copper? Would you just surrender your pistol to them like a good East Coast Eloi or would you fight back?

See, guys, VPC is right about something. It is easy to take someoneone's gun away from them.:D

sm
December 28, 2002, 07:33 PM
:D
I see you also took your 'tacky pill"...ain't it great?

[what's the username mean?]

Jim V
December 28, 2002, 10:11 PM
"...Purani noticed the weapon was a B.B. gun. Purani snatches the gun .... and then chases..."
Good proof reading job there, editor.


And Sergeant Hall should be forced to walk through one of the rougher neighborhoods with $20.00s sticking out of his/her pockets and while being unarmed. (mutter, grumble,fenderhead,mutter)

duck hunt
December 28, 2002, 11:10 PM
We had a similar scenario caught on tape here a couple of weeks ago...except when the robber laid the gun on the counter and walked away, the clerk just stared at it until he came back and grabbed it. What did she think, it was gonna bite her?

Blackhawk
December 28, 2002, 11:34 PM
It probably would be maddening to be held up by a felon using a BB pistol....

Good for him, anyway! :D

PATH
December 29, 2002, 01:08 AM
Don't fight back! Hell, just let them do whatever they want! Baaahhhhh! BBaaaaaahhhhhhh! We are supposed to be sheep? I don't think so!

45R
December 30, 2002, 02:15 PM
Good ending. Too bad the perp didnt get caught. I give the store owner props for his bravery.

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