Clown-robber injured tobacco shop employee

A man wearing a clown mask carried out a botched armed robbery on a tobacco shop in Linz on Wednesday, according to police.

Clown-robber injured tobacco shop employee
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The perpetrator struck and injured the 60-year-old female employee with his handgun, but apparently lost his nerve and ran off without any money.

The clown struck at 5:25 am, just as the store clerk was unlocking the doors for the morning.  He spoke German with a foreign accent, threatening her from behind with his gun, then striking her in the face with the weapon.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment.  Police are searching for a man 1.70 metres tall, dressed in dark clothing and carrying a dark backpack.  

The Upper Austria chamber of commerce has offered a reward of €1,000 for information leading to a conviction of the robber.

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