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Armed robber turns away when clerk pulls own gun

Thu., June 24, 2010, 7:57 a.m.

An armed robber was turned away at a North Spokane pizza shop Thursday night when the clerk pulled his own handgun and told the robber to drop his weapon.

That scared the robber, who fled the Pizza Pipeline at 1724 W. Wellesley Ave. about 9:45 p.m., according to Spokane police.

An officer who responded to the robbery found parts of a gun in the parking lot, but the weapon was likely a pellet gun, authorities said.

A police dog and officer searched for the robber’s trail but were unable to locate the man who ran northbound from the store.

The clerk was legally carrying the handgun with a concealed weapons permit.

The robber was white, 5-foot-9, “younger” and very thin. He was wearing jeans, a dark zip-up sweater, light-colored gloves and a green mask.

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