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Robbery suspect opts to charge it

March 05, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Would-be robbers take note: Don't use your debit card during a holdup.

A Charleston, W.Va., man who police say attempted to rob a convenience store ended up buying a soft drink with his debit card instead -- ultimately leading to his arrest.

Shawn Thomas Lester, 33, told the store clerk Monday that he had a gun and wanted all the money in the register, police said. But the suspect got flustered when a customer walked in, and the clerk told him to pay for the soft drink.

Lester handed over his debit card, signed the receipt "John Doe" and left without any cash.

Police traced the debit card and found Lester, who told police he was only joking when he said he had a gun and demanded money.

He was charged with armed robbery.

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