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PUBLISHED: 20:12 EST, 5 July 2012 | UPDATED: 11:48 EST, 6 July 2012
A Mississippi man’s attempt to rob a convenience store was foiled on Tuesday – by his own mother.
Roy Mitchell, 22, of Flowood, tried to hold up a D’s One Stop Food Mart in Brandon by waving what turned out to be a bogus gun at the clerk while paying for a bag of Doritos.
But before he could make off with the store’s takings, the would-be thief’s mother, Sharron Mitchell, who had followed him into the store, intervened,
Stick-up: Roy Mitchell, pictured, pulls a toy gun at the convenience store clerk
The incident was captured on surveillance video, which police handed toABC News.
Ms Mitchell told the assistant she was sorry for her son’s behaviour, adding that he was just mucking around.
The mother then begged the woman behind the counter not to call the police before forcing her son out the door.
Hero: The man’s mother, Sharron Mitchell, pictured, is caught on tape wrestling the gun from her son’s grasp
‘The mother sees the commotion, grabs the gun out of the boy’s hand and pushes him out of the store,’ Brandon Police assistant chief Chris Butts told the TV station.
But the shocked staff member ignored the mother’s pleas and called 911 as soon as the pair had left the shop.
Police tracked down the mother and son in nearby Pelahatchie shortly after and uncovered a black plastic toy pistol in the car.
Snatch: Ms Mitchell grabs the gun for her son’s hand, pictured, and apologises to the clerk
Mr Mitchell was arrested and taken to Rankin County jail, where he is being held on a $300,000 bond.
He faces one charge of attempted armed robbery.
Mr Butts told ABC News the young man’s mother was a ‘little hero’ for confiscating the gun.
‘If the clerk had a gun it could have been real messy,’ he said.