Would-be robber foiled by empty cash drawer at Denver King Soopers

DENVER - Surveillance video from a King Soopers robbery shows an employee displaying an apparently empty cash drawer to the suspect before he walks away.

The video was recorded on Dec. 1 at approximately 10:10 p.m., according to Denver Police Department spokeswoman Raquel Lopez. One camera angle shows the suspect walking into the King Soopers location at 2810 N. Quebec St.

Another camera, above what appears to be the customer service area, shows the suspect leaning on a counter while he writes the note. When an employee walks over to him, he flicks the note at her.

The woman reads the note after picking it up, and after a moment both walk off the camera.

When they return the woman opens the cash drawer and shows the robber what appears to be an empty tray.

Next, the video appears to show the robber asking for his note back. The employee starts to hand it to him, but seems to have second thoughts. When the robber eventually does get it back, he crumples it and continues to talk with the employee for a moment before eventually walking away empty handed.

The suspect was a black man, about 5-foot-5 and weighing about 155 pounds. He was wearing a dark running suit, a Washington Nationals cap and prescription glasses.

During the robber's exchange with the employee, the surveillance camera appears to show a uniformed security guard walking past twice. The man doesn't stop.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

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