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Cell phone message to Buffalo store clerk: ‘This is a robbery’

An enterprising bandit used his cell phone early Thursday to tell an employee at an Ontario Street convenience store that she was being robbed, police reported.

The holdup at the 7-Eleven at 584 Ontario occurred around 5 a.m. when a white male entered the store and displayed a phone with the message: “This is a robbery. I have a gun,” police said.

The suspect – 5 feet 6 inches tall and wearing a hoodie, khaki shorts and black-and-white sneakers – took $24 from the employee before fleeing west on Skillen Street, poloce said.

No weapon was visible, police said.

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