Report: Clerk not fooled by robber's toy gun

Published: Aug. 20, 2013 at 7:51 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 20, 2013 at 7:52 PM EDT
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Joshua Edwards (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Joshua Edwards (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) - A man with a toy gun tried to rob a store in the Little River Mini Mall under the guise that he was shopping for an anniversary gift, but the clerk was not easily fooled.

That man was 33-year-old Joshua Page Edwards. He walked into the store to allegedly shop for a gift, and perused the shop with the clerk before walking up to the counter and handing over a note.

That note told her "to be quite and give him the money," an Horry County Police report states.

Edwards then presented an apparent handgun that the clerk immediately recognized as a toy.

She told him she would not give him anything, so Edwards ran out of the store, saying it was all a joke.

Police reviewed video that matched up with the clerk's story. They found Edwards nearby and charged him with armed robbery.

He told police he didn't do it, claiming he was in a bar the whole time, and perhaps his twin brother was to blame. Two notes saying he was conducting a robbery were found in his pockets.

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