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Police: Clerk scares off would-be robber with own gun

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Steve Griffin (Source: Greenville Police Dept.) Steve Griffin (Source: Greenville Police Dept.)

Police said they have arrested a man accused of robbing a Greenville Waffle House at gunpoint and then trying to rob another store the next day.

Greenville police spokesperson Johnathan Bragg said the first robbery happened at 11:57 p.m. on June 27 at the Waffle House on South Pleasantburg.

The suspect, later identified as 53-year-old Steve Griffin, gave the cashier a note demanding money and threatened to kill her if she did not follow his instructions, Bragg said. He said Griffin then showed a gun and left with money.

Then on June 28 at 1:15 p.m., Bragg said Griffin entered the Stop 'N Go on East North Street, showed a note, threatened to kill the clerk and showed a gun.

But Bragg said the clerk pulled her own gun, scaring Griffin off before he could get any money.

Bragg said Griffin was arrested on Monday and charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Capt. Kevin Threlkeld with Simpsonville Police said Griffin is also charged in connection with an armed robbery at the Stop-A-Minit at 1001 W. Georgia Road the city.

Threlkeld said the clerk told officers that the suspect, who was later identified as Griffin, passed her a note telling her to put all the money in a bag and not push any alarms.

The clerk said she saw a weapon on the suspect.

The Simpsonville Police Department has charged him with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

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