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Police: It's still robbery even if you fail at it

SEATTLE -- A word to the wise: The Seattle Police Department still considers it robbery even if you fail to get any money. It's a lesson a turban-wearing, face-tattooed woman reportedly learned the hard way last weekend.

According to the police report for the incident, a 42-year-old woman -- her face covered by tattooed crosses, pink lipstick and a pink scarf -- walked into a Money Mart in the 1500 block of East Olive Way around 2 p.m. Saturday, pushed past a customer in line and started scribbling on a newspaper.

The suspect slid the newspaper -- on which she had written, "Give me all your money" -- to the only teller working at the time while keeping her hand in her purse to imply she had a weapon, according to the report.

The teller, being inside a protected area, immediately walked to the back of the Money Mart, activated the silent alarm and called 911. When he returned to the front of the business, the suspect was gone.

Officers stopped the suspect a block away and arrested her after she was positively identified by the teller.

According to the report, the suspect insisted, "It's not robbery; I didn't get any money." Officers were apparently unconvinced by this argument, and she was booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery.