DES MOINES, Iowa - A cigarette store cashier has snuffed out a robbery.
Police said a masked man flashed a knife at the Cigarette Outlet on Friday and forced one employee to the floor, then demanded money from another worker, Ruth Wright.
Instead of cash, Wright threw two cans of chewing tobacco at the robber, and one hit him in the face.
Officers said a customer then tackled the man, but the robber broke free and bolted out the door.
A cashier, Kittie Peacock, said the store had been robbed at least once before.