Clerk foils robbery attempt

Gas Mart robbery

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A store owner foiled a robbery attempt Monday at a gas station in Youngstown.

The owner of the Valley Service Center on Mahoning Avenue saw a man walk into his store around 1:30 p.m. and witnessed him allegedly stealing merchandise. The owner saw that the man had a knife and that’s when he pulled out a gun and turned it on the suspect. The owner then locked the doors and called police.

Crystal Sharpe was pumping gas outside the store when police arrived.

“I’m so glad I was looking in my phone before I got out of the car and went in there because I would have been right smack in the middle of it, and I thank God that I wasn’t in there,” Sharpe said.

Officers at the scene said the suspect had warrants out for his arrest. He will be charged with aggravated robbery.

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