The presence of a security guard thwarted an armed robbery early today at a Shell gas station.
The failed heist occurred about 1:10 a.m. in the 5500 block of Bannister Road.
It began when three men walked up to the store's front doors and the first man stepped in with a gun. He yelled "Break bread!" as a way of demanding cash. The other two men had not yet walked into the store.
At that moment, a security guard stepped around a corner in the back of the store.
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"Security!" one of the robbers yelled. The robbers then backed up and ran away. One of them fired one or two shots at the store as they fled, breaking a large window at the front of the store.
No one was hurt. There were several customers and 6 employees inside the store.