Man attempts store robbery with officer inside

Posted at 9:01 AM, Jan 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-25 09:01:23-05

Police didn't have to go too far to catch a would-be robber Sunday.

Officials say a uniformed officer was inside the Royal Farms store in the 2000 block of Fleet Street at approximately 12:10 a.m. when 30-year old James Smith Jr. entered and pulled out a BB gun. 

Smith didn't see the police officer inside the store and announced a robbery, according to police. The officer placed Smith under arrest and a BB gun was recovered from the suspect.

Smith, of the 200 block of S. Spring Court, was transported to the Central Booking and Intake Facility.

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