A gas station/convenience store employee stopped a woman from robbing a store in Wolcott on Tuesday night.
Waterbury resident, 36-year-old Seana Malone was wearing a black wig and dark sunglasses when she entered the Shell Station, which is located 47 Wolcott Rd., around 6:30 p.m., police said.
Police said Malone displayed what appeared to look like the barrel of a gun and placed a plastic bag on the counter. The cashier, however, refused to give her money and tackled her, police said.
"She says 'okay, give me all the money you have,' she was holding something that looked like a gun. I said 'get out of here, I have nothing to give to you'," said store clerk Mohamed Aburkhis.
The cashier sat on her while another employee called 911. The store employee had a registered firearm at the time, but police said he did not use it.
Police responded and Malone was arrested. Investigators said the item concealed in her pocket was a piece of pipe.
"Took her into custody. The clerk originally thought it was a male, because of the heavy disguise, sunglasses, wig, collar up, had plastic gloves on the hands," said Wolcott Police Chief Edward Stevens.
Aburkhis is a registered gun owner and said he always has his weapon on him for protection, but is grateful he didn't have to use it.
As for chasing after a would-be robber, Stevens said it is best to leave that to the professionals. Aburkhis said he never thought twice about it.
"She tried to do that to me, she'll try to do that to everyone else. Tried to rob me once, you're not going anywhere, I'm going to catch you and give you to the police," Aburkhis said.
Malone, who has a long criminal history, was charged with first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny, breach of peace and interference. She is being held on $25,00 bond.
Malone was arraigned at Waterbury Superior Court on Wednesday morning. She was held on a $25,000 bond and is due back in court next month.
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