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Employee reports scaring off would-be robbers

Staff Writer
A Lincolnton Goodwill employee was emptying trash at the store Friday night when he said he encountered two men with ski masks, one of whom was armed with a knife.
Bobby Blalock was outside the Goodwill store, located at 510 Vaughn Way, around 8:40 p.m. unloading trash into the dumpster when he said he heard a noise, turned around and spotted the would-be robbers.
“I saw two men running at me,” he said.
Blalock told the Times-News on Monday that he quickly jumped the fence surrounding the dumpster and pushed a swinging door into the men “to hold both of them back.”
He said one of the men was carrying a knife and the other kept his hands in his pockets during the incident.
“The suspect said it was a robbery and to remain calm, and I wouldn’t get hurt,” Blalock said. “Another one said, ‘Stay here, I’m going inside.’ ”
After the men turned to enter the store, Blalock said he hurried to the store’s drop-off donation area, called 911 and yelled to the men to flee the property. They immediately ran, he said.
No injuries were reported in the incident, which remains under police investigation.

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