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'Armed' robber breaks toy gun

Suspect sought in Monday incident

An armed robbery went bad Monday, for the perpetrator. Deputies say a man who tried to rob a North Side convenience store made off with nothing more than packs of cigarettes after he broke his gun—which turned out to be a toy.

But it wasn't all fun and games. The man, described as white and wearing hooded sweatshirt, walked into the Quik Mart at 900 W. Roger Rd. around 7:30 a.m., pointed what appeared to be a gun at the clerk and demanded money, said Deputy Dawn Barkman, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.

When the clerk tried to call 911, the man struck her in the head with the gun, breaking it, Barkman said.

The man fled the store with packs of cigarettes but the clerk didn't turn over any cash, Barkman said.

The clerk, who was not harmed, could immediately tell it was a toy gun, said Quik Mart vice president Shelly Little-Gibbons.

The Sheriff's Department asks anyone with information to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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Unfortunately the video did not deliver the Monty Pythonesque moment of truth.

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