The suspect in the robbery of a Phoenix convenience store apparently forgot that his body would still require oxygen while robbing the store, which might explain why he used a plastic bag as a mask.
According to the Phoenix Police Department, on September 19, the unidentified suspect went into the Circle K convenience store near 75th Avenue and Thomas Road about 7 a.m.. He had a clear plastic over his head.
The robber walked up to the clerk and demanded money. He said he would shoot the clerk in the head if he didn't hand over all the cash in the register.
As he was trying to rob the clerk, the inevitable happened: he ran short of air and was forced to rip a hole in the bag, revealing his face to the store's security cameras.
Despite his blunder, the robber got the cash and left the store heading north on 74th Avenue in a light colored car.
The clerk says he never actually saw a gun.
He hasn't been caught and the Phoenix PD needs your help in tracking him down.
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He's described as being Hispanic, in his early 20s, about 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, and he was wearing khaki pants and a dark shirt at the time of the robbery.
That's his face popping through the hole in the bag in the photo.
Anyone with information about the barely-breathing-bandit is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.