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Man attempts to steal lottery tickets, cash and cigarettes from a 7-Eleven

NIAGARA FALLS – An attempted robbery was thwarted when employees alerted police at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday in a 7-Eleven at 7610 Buffalo Ave.

An employee said he was cleaning the floors when a man went around the counter and began taking lottery tickets and cigarettes and then ordered the clerk to give him the money from the cash register. She said she gave him $41.

The man cleaning the floor started calling the police and the said she pressed the alarm button when she opened the cash drawer.

When the suspect learned police had been called, he dropped all the items, including the cash, and ran out of the store, the employees told police.