Robber changes mind, waits for police

March 8, 2011 at 11:40 AM

MADISON, Wis., March 8 (UPI) -- Police in Wisconsin said a would-be robber handed over his weapon and waited for police because he "just couldn't go through with a planned holdup."

The Madison Police Department said Joseph Colquitt, 34, entered the Walgreens store at East Campus Mall at about 8:30 a.m. Friday and quickly changed his mind about plans to rob the store, The Capital Times, Madison, reported Tuesday.

"He opened his backpack and turned over a large knife to the clerk, telling the befuddled would-be victim he just couldn't go through with a planned holdup," police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

DeSpain said Colquitt told the clerk to "take the knife and my backpack and do what you have to do."

"The suspect then waited for officers to arrive and make the arrest," DeSpain said.

Colquitt was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct while armed and a parole violation.

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