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Grocery store owner, 96, stops attempted robbery in Wisconsin

July 17, 2013 at 4:13 PM

MARSHFIELD, Wis., July 17 (UPI) -- The 96-year-old owner of a Marshfield, Wis., grocery store stopped an attempted robbery by refusing to open a cash register drawer, she said.

Margaretta Wolf, who has owned Wolf's Grocery Store for a half-century, defied a masked man who entered the store Monday, demanding cash, WXOW-TV, La Crosse, reported.

"I said, 'I'm not opening up the cash register and that's it. You can have all the Tootsie Rolls you want but I am not opening that cash register," she said.

She continued to stand her ground, threatening to call police, after the would-be robber flashed a knife with 3-inch blade. He fled after he noticed the store's security camera, the television station said.

Police say they are looking for the suspect.

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