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Store owner swings broom, foils robbery

Published May 16. 2012 05:01PM

The attempt to rob a Carbon County store was foiled when the owner used a broomstick on the robber.

State police at Lehighton said the incident occurred about 7 p.m. Tuesday at Pappy's General Store, located at 600 White St., in Bowmanstown.

Troopers said store owner, Bhaskarbhai P. Patel, 48, was sweeping at the entrance of the store when a white male confronted him displaying a small black handgun. The would-be robber demanded money from Patel.

Patel instead used the broomstick to strike the wrist of the hand holding the gun. The robber then fled the scene.

A search of the area by state and local police and a state police helicopter failed to find the suspect.

The suspect was described as being about five-feet tall, slim build, and was wearing a black hooded sweat shirt with the hood pulled up, black cloth material to cover his face, and black cloth gloves.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (610) 377-4270.

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