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Police: Robbers scared off by clerk's 'bigger' gun arrested

Police: Robbers scared off by clerk's 'bigger' gun arrested
Surveillance image of one of the suspects in a series of recent robberies.

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Police Department and King County Sheriff's Office have arrested the two men suspected of attempting to rob a West Seattle convenience store at gunpoint before being scared off by the clerk's "bigger" piece.

On Saturday night, two men entered the convenience store and pointed a gun at the clerk, according to police. The clerk, thinking the would-be robbers' gun didn't look real, said, "I have a bigger one," and drew his own gun.

According to police, the men ran out of the store and drove off in a white Ford Explorer featuring a rear bumper held together by duct tape.

The next night, Sheriff's Office deputies were called to Military Road South in Tukwila after two men stole a woman's purse and cellphone and drove off in a white Ford Explorer covered in duct tape, according to police.

Deputies found the Explorer crashed in a nearby ditch with the victim's purse and phone, plus a gun, inside. They also found two suspects near the scene of the crash and arrested them.

After the suspects were interviewed by detectives from the Sheriff's Office and Seattle Police Department, they, as well as a third man, were arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery.

According to police, the three men are believed to be behind several recent robberies in Seattle and King County.