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Forum staff reports, Published June 22 2010

Fargo police seek man who tried to rob St. Vincent de Paul thrift store

FARGO – Police are looking for the man who attempted to rob a Fargo thrift store Tuesday afternoon and ran off when hit in the head with an antique teapot.

Witnesses told police the suspect appeared to be in his 20s and was wearing a black baseball cap, a blue bandana over his face, cut-off jean shorts and a gray T-shirt, Sgt. Jeff Skuza said.

The attempted robbery happened about 1 p.m. at the thrift store at 1425 1st Ave. S. run by the local chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a charity.

The suspect’s face was bloodied when a volunteer who was working at the store hit him with the teapot, but witnesses didn’t see what sort of wound the pot left, Skuza said. He was last seen going south on 14th Street South.

George Lacher, the man who hit the robber, said when he heard screaming at the till, the teapot was the first thing he could see to use as a weapon.

“He was bigger than me,” said Lacher, the treasurer for the nonprofit charity. “I wasn’t going to try to hit him with my hands.”

Lacher said the suspect didn’t take anything.

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