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Swanton store worker foils robbery attempt

Swanton, Vermont - September 29, 2011

Surveillance video shows a store clerk disarming a would-be robber.

A man wearing a ski mask entered the Tractor Supply Store in Swanton just after 6 p.m. He immediately approaches the female clerk, there's some brief discussion, and then he points a loaded gun at her and demands money.

The female clerk backs away and a male clerk steps next to the register, and shortly after, he lunges at the robber and wrestles the gun from him.

Police say this was a risky move, but no one was injured and the robber fled without any money.

"He was just trying to assist to the female clerk that was approached initially. The robber was very close up to her when this happened and I think that he felt he was coming to her assistance. I don't think being a hero ever came into his thought process. He seemed like a very well put together gentleman and thought he was doing the right thing," said Det. Kevin Bushey of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Police are hoping the gun recovered from the scene will help them figure out who the robber is. Police are withholding the brand, but it's described it as a very unique, small, silver pistol.

Witnesses say the robber is a white man, about 5'8", 150 pounds who may have dark facial hair.

Call the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at 802-524-2121 if you have any information.

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