Saturday, September 09, 2000

Armed owner foils grocery holdup

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        When a hooded man tried to rob a Winton Place grocery Friday morning, owner Steve Ideis pulled out a surprise.

        Mr. Ideis grabbed the .44-caliber Magnum revolver — “the biggest one they make” — that he keeps behind the counter and fired off six rounds, foiling the heist and sending the would-be robber running for his life.

        “He saw my gun and started running. I shot in the air. I didn't shoot to kill him. I wanted to scare him. It worked,” said Mr. Ideis, who owns the Tree Top Grocery at 866 Gwinnett Road.

        The man, who had his head and face wrapped in a white sheet, walked into the store shortly after 9 a.m., Mr. Ideis said.

        “All I could see was his eyes and part of his nose. He ordered me to open the cash register, which I did. When he pulled the gun at me, I thought he was joking.”

        The man ordered Mr. Ideis to hand him the money. But Mr. Ideis said he told the man to take it himself — a distraction that allowed the store owner to grab his gun.

        Police said Friday they have not found the would-be robber, whose actions were caught on tape by the store security camera.


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