96-year-old US store owner refuses robber with knife

MARSHFIELD, Wisconsin (AP) A masked robber apparently thought the 96-year-old owner of a neighborhood grocery store in Midwestern Wisconsin state would be an easy target for his crime. He was so wrong.

Margaretta Wolf has owned the store bearing her family name for 54 years. And she wasn’t about to turn over her cash to the armed intruder after he ordered her to open the cash register.

“I said: ‘I’m not opening up that cash register and that’s it, I’m not opening it. I said you can have all the Tootsie Rolls you want but I am not opening that cash register,’” Wolf said.

The man in the silver mask and carrying a knife continued to give Wolf orders during the robbery attempt Monday.

“He said, ‘Walk in the back of the store,’ I said, ‘I’m not walking no place, I’m standing right here,’” Wolf recounted.

The elderly store owner stood her ground when the man flashed a pocketknife and placed it on the counter.

“I said, ‘I’ll press a button and I’ll have somebody here in seconds,’” she said.

Wolf said the would-be robber appeared frustrated, looked around, spotted a security camera in the corner, grabbed the knife and fled.

Marshfield Police Lt. Darren Larsen told WAOW-TV he’s just glad Wolf is OK.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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