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Fast-thinking clerk locks out would-be robber

Posted: 3:47 PM, Feb 26, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-27 13:38:34-05

CORINTH, Ky. – A quick-thinking store clerk locked the door just before a pair of armed robbers could rush inside Thursday night.

One of the men points a gun at a victim.

The clerk at the Corinth Marathon suspected something was wrong when she saw a shadow move past the door. She told another employee and a customer inside she thought they were about to be robbed, according to Grant County Deputy Sheriff Scott Conrad. She took a look outside, and saw two men wearing masks brandishing a gun and confronting another man.

She turned back inside and locked the door, just as one of the men came up and attempted to open the door. Just a plate of glass separated them.

The two masked gunmen.

Then, one of the men then said, “Come on, let’s go,” and they ran off, according to a witness.

“It was quick thinking,” Conrad said. “I’ve worked several robberies, and I’ve never seen [cases] where the door would get locked. Most of the time they do end up getting some cash or property.”

The victims were shaken, but the customer in the store said he saw a silver, late ‘90s car, possibly a Toyota Tercel or a Mitsubishi Galant, Conrad said.

People dining at the truck stop next door Friday called the woman a hero.

“I think she’s really courageous,” Patsy Wainscott said. “She really took her life into her own hands.”

Another diner, Joanne True, said she was proud of the clerk.

“It’s just a great think to do something like that so quickly,” True said “And to be looking at that scary thing … she just kept a cool head and did what she had to do to save her life and maybe someone else.”