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Clerk's gun tops robber's salad dressing

DELAND, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Florida police said a teen who attempted to use a bottle of salad dressing as a weapon during a robbery was foiled when a clerk pulled a real weapon -- a gun.

DeLand police said the 16-year-old, whose name was not released, indicated he was armed when he robbed the DeLand Citro Gas Station Friday of $468 and he attempted a second robbery 2 1/2 hours later, The (Deland) West Volusia Beacon reported Wednesday.

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Investigators said the teenager entered the Friendly Way store, took a bottle of salad dressing from a shelf and waved it at the clerk as if to use it as a weapon while demanding money.

However, police said the teenager agreed to abandon his plans when the clerk pulled a gun from behind the counter. Officers arrived as the high school student was exiting the store and he was arrested.

Police said the suspect admitted to being behind both incidents. He was charged with two counts of felony robbery.

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