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Early morning Beaufort robber comes up empty -- twice

Beaufort Police are looking for this man, who officers say tried to rob the Smoker's Express on Robert Smalls Parkway on Monday morning. If you know him, call Investigator George Erdel III at 843-322-7958.
Beaufort Police are looking for this man, who officers say tried to rob the Smoker's Express on Robert Smalls Parkway on Monday morning. If you know him, call Investigator George Erdel III at 843-322-7958.

It was a rough Monday morning for one robber in Beaufort.

His attempt to stick up a convenience store failed when a clerk wouldn't cooperate. Next he tried an employee of a nearby restaurant, and that didn't pan out either.

On top of that, his image was captured on video.

But for now at least, he hasn't been arrested.

Police are searching for the man who attempted to rob the two Beaufort businesses. They're also a little baffled by his actions.

"I have not seen someone attempt two robberies like that before," Beaufort Police Chief Matthew Clancy said in an e-mail Monday.

It started shortly before 5 a.m., when a man approached a clerk at the Smoker's Express convenience store at 290 Robert Smalls Parkway. He said he had a gun in his pocket and demanded money, according to a department news release.

The clerk refused to hand over any money. The man left and went immediately to the IHOP restaurant nearby, where he demanded money from an employee there, according to the release.

The employee was able to run back into the restaurant's kitchen, and the man again left empty-handed.

The robber was described as a tall, black man with a medium build. He wore a black leather jacket and a white towel around his neck. His hair was short, and he had a goatee, according to the release.

He was last seen leaving IHOP on foot and might have gotten on a bicycle.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Investigator Joshua Dowling at 843-322-7950 or the dispatch office at 843-524-2777.

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