Police search for suspect in robbery caught on tape

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- An armed robbery in the metro is caught on tape and now police are asking for the public's help catching the crook.

The robbery happened last Friday at a convenience store near 25th St. and S. Central Ave.

The entire incident lasted just 60 seconds.

The clerk relived his scary, and even he admits, somewhat comedic experience.

"He came in like any other customer and said something polite and I shook his hand," store clerk James McKay said. "He said, 'Give me your money or I'm gonna shoot ya.' He jumped on the counter and came across. I grabbed the phone and dialed 911 and was talking to dispatch. He says, 'Open the register' and I said, 'I don't know how.' So he went pushing buttons. When he started waving his knife, it scared me and I just backed off and let him do his thing and go."

McKay recalls keeping a safe distance as the frustrated thief ripped the register from the counter and dumped it over the side, where it broke open and spilled cash on the floor.

Snatching some bills, the crook tries to leave but the magnetic door locks don't make that easy.

Watching the scene, it won't come as a surprise, James said the suspect seemed to be on drugs.

"His pupils were jumping up and down like when people smoke the pipe," McKay said.

The store's owner said the same suspect actually stopped by earlier that day, tried to steal a beer and had some words that proved prophetic.

"He passed a comment, 'The store looks easy to rob.' I thought he was just a frustrated customer, you know," Naushad Kasem said.

The owner said he encouraged his clerk not to resist if he ever got robbed.

Police agree that's good advice.

"I told him don't take chances. It's not worth it. Life's not worth it," Kasem said.

"It's important to note the clerk did what we tell people to do. He complied with the suspect's demands and lived to tell the tale. No one was hurt," Oklahoma City police MSgt. Gary Knight said.

Police say they're also looking for a second suspect they believe may have been driving the getaway truck.