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Police: Fla. clerk's gun beats thief's cattle prod

Lance Toberlin, above, allegedly tried to rob a convenience store near Tallahassee using a cattle prod, but was chased away by a store clerk with a gun.
Leon County Jail via WKMG
(CBS/AP) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Authorities say a Florida Panhandle man tried to rob a convenience store with a cattle prod but was thwarted by a clerk with a gun.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Lance Toberlin went into a store just outside Tallahassee on January 2, produced the cattle prod and demanded money from the clerk. Officials say he shocked the clerk several times before the employee pulled out a handgun.

Authorities say Toberlin fled and another employee tried to restrain him, but he eventually escaped in his truck. Deputies managed to stop Toberlin's truck but then he fled on foot.

The sheriff's office says Toberlin was arrested Tuesday and charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery.

The suspected cattle-prod crook was being held without bail.

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