July 13, 2009

Police: Robber with toy gun chased off

Authorities in Alabama say a man who attempted to rob a store with a toy gun was foiled by a worker wielding a real weapon -- a cricket bat.

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office said a man entered the Bee Gee's gas station Saturday in Pine Grove, flashed a toy gun and demanded money, the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register reported Monday.

After noticing that the suspect's gun had an orange tip at the end of the barrel, the employee grabbed a cricket bat and the suspect ... fled the store without getting any money, sheriff's Cpl. Mike Gaull said.

Gaull said investigators arrested Justin Blake Sims, 22, and charged him with first-degree robbery. He was being held at the Baldwin County Corrections Center in lieu of $25,000 bail.