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Angry Cigar Smoker Assaults Gas Station Clerk and Candy Rack: Police

The man and his friend jumped over the counter at the gas station and threatened to beat the clerk, according to the police report.

A gas station clerk saw a candy rack get attacked and almost shared its fate after he gave a customer some bad news.

On Dec. 17, a man went into Mobil Gas, located at 431 W. 14th St., and asked for a certain type of cigar. When the clerk told the man he did not have it, the man went into a rage and pulled down a rack of candy, according to the report. 

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The angry smoker then went out to the vehicle he arrived in, a 1998 gold Pontiac. The clerk went out after him and wrote down the man's license plate number, according to the report. That just made him even more angry.

The man and an accomplice followed the clerk back into the business, demanding he give them the piece of paper with the plate number on it. After the clerk said no, both men jumped over the counter and threatened to beat him up, according to the report. He then gave them the piece of paper. 

The two then jumped over the counter and fled in the vehicle. The clerk said he saw two women in the vehicle as well. 

The clerk must have had a good memory because he still was able to give police the plate number, which came up registered to a Chicago Heights woman. Police went to the location but were unable to locate the suspects' vehicle there.

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