An armed robber dressed as a doctor threatened to shoot a cashier during a failed heist in Signal Hill.
The masked man marched into the Munchies in the 2300 block of 2331 Orange Avenue with his arm extended and pointed a revolver with a 10-inch barrel at the worker at around 2:30 p.m. last Friday, officials said.
But he ended up fleeing the scene empty-handed when the cash register malfunctioned.
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"(He) threatened to shoot the cashier if she didn't give him money," Signal Hill Police Sgt. Brian Leyn said.
She was unable to open the register, and rather than following through on his threat, the man, who was described as 20 to 30 years old with short dark hair, ran away, police say.
He was wearing a white long-sleeved lab coat, surgical mask, dark shirt, black pants and shoes, and was wearing a surgical mask over his face.
Security cameras captured the gunman parking his car, a blue Ford Fusion with paper plates, before he entered the store, and caught him again as he fled the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Kelli Brown at 562-989-7215.