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Police: Culprit behind botched robbery was store employee

Feb. 14, 2014 at 2:55 PM

CLEARWATER, Fla., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a would-be robber who shot himself in the hand with a stun gun showed up for his shift to work at the same store hours later.

Clearwater police said a man wearing a ski mask used pepper spray on a worker at the Radio Shack store in Clearwater Wednesday and attempted to shoot her with a stun gun, but he left without any loot after shooting himself in the hand instead, BayNews9.com reported Friday.

Police said the man, who never spoke during the robbery, showed up for his shift to work at the store about six hours later. Trevor Puskas, 20, allegedly admitted to police that he attempted to rob the store because he needed money to pay for his car insurance and cellphone bill.

Puskas, who was found to be in possession of pepper spray and a stun gun in his car, was arrested on a charge of attempted robbery. He was ordered held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

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