A would-be robber armed with a gun was persuaded by a store clerk not to take money from a market in Santa Ana, police said Thursday.
The male walked into the Norris Food Market in the 600 block of East Saint Andrew Place about 9:10 a.m. Monday and purchased several items, according to a Santa Ana Police Department news release.
He then loitered in front of the market for a few minutes before going back into the store. Once inside again, the male flashed a handgun that was in the waistband of his pants and demanded money from the clerk, the release stated.
The employee refused to take cash from the register and instead tried to talk him out of committing the robbery, commenting on the male’s youthful age and asking him about his motive, Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told KTLA.
The employee’s effort was successful, as the would-be robber responded, ‘OK,’ and left the store without taking anything, Bertagna said.
He left and was last seen walking northbound on Oak Avenue.
Authorities called the incident an attempted robbery and released surveillance video as they searched for the suspect.
Police described him as Hispanic, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, about 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a long sleeved blue button-up shirt, a with a white under shirt, gray pants and white shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cpl. Daniel Padron by calling 714-245-8545 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymous tips can also be left through Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.
KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this story.