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Police: Frustrated shopper turns to robbery

BUFORD -- A shopper-turned-robber at a Buford gas station could make a case for the addictive powers of nicotine.

His debit card denied while trying to buy cigarettes, the testy patron strong-armed a female clerk at a Texaco Food Mart on Suwanee Dam Road, making off with $35 in cash, according to police.

The unidentified suspect entered the store three separate times Sunday morning. During the first two visits, the clerk swiped his debit card several times, and he grew more agitated with each declination, police said.

On his last visit, he presented a winning lottery ticket worth $1, and as the clerk tried to redeem it, he shoved her away from a register and bolted on foot, according to a police report.

"He did not get the original pack of cigarettes or any other items of value," a responding officer wrote.

No injuries were reported.

The clerk described the suspect as about 40 years old and 6 feet tall, with a light-colored mustache. He wore blue jeans, a blue sweatshirt and a blue baseball cap with reddish-blonde hair protruding.

A store manager provided police with the register's debit card activity. An officer noted the information in order to contact the vendor for the suspect's name and banking information. Video surveillance was not active at the time, the report says.

An investigation remained active Friday, police said.