NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The owner of Wagner's convenience tore on St. Claude Avenue describes an armed robber as brazen and extremely determined.
Before the actual robbery happened Friday around 3 a.m., owner Eddie Askar said the same man visited the store hours earlier.
"He came in approximately 1 or 1:30 in the morning and wanted to sell some baby formula. The cashier refused and he said he was going to come back," Askar said.
About an hour or so later, surveillance cameras captured the same man pacing just outside of the door. Then, around 3 a.m., he walked in again with a black shirt or cloth covering his face, but he didn't disguise his identity long. He pulled the cloth off his face.
"He came around the counter, and tried to open the cash register. He couldn't open the cash register. When a customer came in, he walked from around the counter and acted like a customer," Askar said.
He eventually confronted the cashier, and after a brief conversation, he pulled out a gun and demanded money.
"I've been here for four or five years, and we've had shop lifting, but as far as armed robbery or carrying a handgun, this is the first time it's happened here," Askar said.
Askar said when he arrived, the cashier was shaken.
"He actually broke down a little bit. He was in tears. I told him to just go home, we're going to take it from here," Askar said.
The owner said it's a close-knit community, and he knows most of his customers, but the armed robber was not familiar. He hopes someone will see the video and call police.
In the meantime, Askar said his 24-hour business will have to be staffed with more employees around the clock. He's just glad no was hurt.