Failed Armed Robbery Attempt Mocked by Gas Station Attendant

Robber gets finger during Fort Lauderdale robbery attempt caught on camera

By Brian Hamacher
|  Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012  |  Updated 12:46 PM EDT
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Surveillance video released by the Broward Sheriff's Office shows a failed attempt at an armed robbery at a Shell gas station in Fort Lauderdale.

Surveillance video released by the Broward Sheriff's Office shows a failed attempt at an armed robbery at a Shell gas station in Fort Lauderdale.

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Authorities are looking for a gun-toting robber whose failed attempt to ripoff a Fort Lauderdale gas station was mocked by an attendant and caught on camera.

The attempted robbery happened around 9 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Shell gas station at 2701 W. Sunrise Boulevard, the Broward Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

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According to the BSO, the suspect, who walked into the station holding a black garbage bag next to his leg, grabbed a Snickers bar and placed it on the counter before pulling a long gun out of the bag and pointing it at the attendant and demanding her cell phone.

The attendant, who was behind protective glass, recognized the suspect as a regular customer and gave him the middle finger, the BSO said. The video didn't capture her gesture, the BSO said.

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When the suspect couldn't get in the door to get at the attendant, he grabbed the Snickers bar and left the store, the BSO said.

The suspect is described as a young black male, who was wearing a baseball cap, black pants and a hooded grey sweatshirt with the words "Varsity 92" on the front.

A reward of $1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and anyone with info is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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