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Store clerk thought robbery was a joke, deputies say

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Virginia Wilkinson (Photo via Volusia County Sheriff's Office) Virginia Wilkinson (Photo via Volusia County Sheriff's Office)

An armed-robbery suspect wearing a red polka-dotted shirt and pantyhose on her head was foiled Thursday when a customer walked into the crime in progress, deputies say.

Virginia Wilkinson, 54, faces charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

"I thought it was a joke at first," said the owner of Anchor Hardware and Storage in Oak Hill, who was working alone at the time. "I honestly really thought it was somebody pulling a joke on me, because it was so ridiculous," she later told a dispatcher.

Volusia County deputies say Wilkinson entered the business on North U.S. Highway 1, grabbed the owner and demanded money at knifepoint.

According to a Sheriff's Office release, the owner told the Wilkinson there was no cash. At that moment, a customer pulled into the parking lot, causing a distraction, and the owner broke free.

The customer walked into the store, and Wilkinson demanded he leave. When he refused, Wilkinson charged at him with the knife. The customer fled into the parking lot. Wilkinson briefly chased him until she hopped into a van and sped away, but not before the customer got the license plate number on the van.

Deputies caught up with Wilkinson at her Oak Hill home. They say she admitted to the robbery. She was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.

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