Originally created 01/04/03

Butter knife bandits thwarted



BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A pair of butter-knife-brandishing bandits fled empty-handed after one was struck repeatedly with a trash can by the clerk of a convenience store they were trying to rob New Year's Day.

No injuries were reported in the attempted robbery that occurred at about 9 p.m. at the Friendly Express, said Sgt. Cathy Varnedoe of the Glynn County Police Department.

No money was stolen, although one of the would-be robbers attempted to pry out the store safe with his butter knife, Sgt. Varnedoe said.

"This case is not related to the recent string of convenience store armed robberies that have been occurring in the county and city of Brunswick," Sgt. Varnedoe said.

The description of the suspects and method used in the attempted holdup do not match the prior robberies, she said. Two men, wearing masks made from shirts with eye holes cut out, attempted to rob the 36-year-old clerk while a half-dozen customers were inside the store, Sgt. Varnedoe said.

The clerk told police that the men, both armed with butter knives, ran into the store, went to the counter and yelled for her to give them money, police said. One man jumped over the counter and tried to open the cash register.

The clerk said she then used the trash can, which she'd been holding when they burst in, to hit him several times as he tried to open the register, police said.

Both men ran out of the store. Witnesses told police the men were white, appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s, were about 6 feet tall and weighed between 150 and 160 pounds. Both were wearing white T-shirts. One had blue work-style pants while the other wore red work-style pants.

One of the homemade masks was made from a white shirt, while the other was made from a red shirt, witnesses said.