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5. Florida

Robber lets clerk call 911

A gunman robbing a convenience store in Adtamonte Springs allowed the clerk to call 911 and apologized after the woman said she might be having a heart attack. But he still took $30 and cigarettes, authorities said.

The masked man entered the Kangaroo Express store early last Saturday in this Orlando suburb and pointed what appeared to be a semiautomatic handgun at clerk Mary Parker, 60, according to surveillance audio/video released Thursday. He demanded access to the safe, but she said she didn’t have the keys.

He told her to empty the cash register into a bag. He then pulled up a stool for her to sit down and told her he was doing this because no one would hire him and he had bills to pay.


The gunman let Parker call 911, and when the store phone didn’t work, he let her get her cell phone.

A customer came in and, without seeing the gunman, tried to calm Parker. She handed him the phone, and he spoke to the 911 operator.

The gunman then reappeared and told the man to get into the beverage cooler.

He then grabbed his loot and apologized again.

Police said Parker is OK.

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