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Banana-wielding man tries to rob Frederick County convenience store

June 25, 2008

MONROVIA, Md. -- Police say a masked man tried to hold up a 7-Eleven early Wednesday with the closest weapon at hand: bananas.

The man walked into the convenience store at 1181 Fingerboard Road in Monrovia at about 12:30 a.m. and told the clerk, "Give me your money," Maryland State Police said in a news release. The clerk didn't see a gun or any other weapon, police said.

The man walked behind the counter, continuing to order the victim to surrender his money, police said. The clerk pulled out a kitchen knife he had been using to slice food, and the man ran to the other side of the counter and picked up a handful of loose bananas, which he threw at the clerk, police said.

Two of the bananas hit the clerk in the head, police said.

The clerk continued to display the knife and ordered the man from the store, police said. The man fumbled around the counter and tried unsuccessfully to open the register before leaving, police said.

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The Frederick County Sheriff's Department responded with a dog and ran a short track, but it ended a short distance away in an adjoining parking lot where police believe the man left in a vehicle.

The robber was described as a white man about 6 feet tall, weighing about 200 pounds, police said. He was wearing blue jeans, a white shirt and a black cloth over his face.

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