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Robber Scared Off by Office Max Employee, Robs Fannie May Instead

(WGN-AM)- A quick-thinking clerk at a Loop Office Depot used her store microphone to alert customers and fellow workers that she was being robbed, and the robber ran out the door empty-handed Friday, police said.

The robber then ducked into a subway station and minutes later entered a Fannie May Candies shop across from City Hall, where he displayed a gun wrapped in a newspaper and made off with $350.

The man escaped in a cab and was still at large this afternoon. No one was hurt in either hold-up.

The man walked into the Office Depot at 6 S. State a little before 11:30 a.m. and demanded money from a cashier, police said.

The cashier refused and spoke into her microphone so customers and employees in the store could hear her tell the robber that she could not open the store safe for him, police said.

The man fled and ran into a nearby subway station, emerging near Washington and State Streets, police said.

He entered the Fannie May store, carrying a folded newspaper. He looked around, walked up to the counter and opened the paper, displaying the gun and demanding money from a female employee, police said.

He left the store with $350, but was spotted by one or two Cook County sheriff's deputies, who ran after him, police said.

The robber managed to get away in a cab.

Police said they plan to check surveillance footage from the two stores.

(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)

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