NORTH HUNTINGDON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A man pulled out a weapon while attempting to rob a Walgreens in Westmoreland County on New Year’s Eve, but he got away empty-handed.

North Huntingdon Police say the New Year was hours away with someone walked into a Walgreens looking to start 2016 with a pocket knife and a pocket full of other people’s money.

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“This occurred around 9:20 last night, which was New Year’s Eve,” Det. William Henderson with the North Huntingdon Police said. “As he comes in, he talks to the cashier for a brief moment, then he follows her into the check-out area. He’s behind the counter with her, and he’s trying to get her to open up the cash register. She refused to do it. The cashier did fight back, kept kicking to keep him away from her. … He’s telling her, ‘Open the cash register, give me the money.’”

But the robber was about to find out, at least in this case, crime doesn’t pay.

“He proceeds to grab the cash register and slam it on the ground to try to get it,” Henderson said. “He can’t get it open, so he runs out of the store after that.”

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Even though he could have just taken the whole cash drawer, for whatever reason, the robber didn’t. Why?

“That’s a question we’re all wondering,” Henderson said.

According to Henderson, the cashier thought the suspect was a younger white male, possibly in his 20s. He had a scarf covering his face from the nose down, and he had some kind of white emblem on his hat, though police aren’t sure what it is specifically.

While shaken up, the clerk was otherwise OK.

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North Huntingdon Police ask anyone who has information relevant to the robbery to contact them.