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Clerk, Customers Thwart Robbery at Spartanburg Co. Dollar General

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Customers at an Upstate store helped the clerk stop a robber in his tracks.

It happened Wednesday at the Dollar General at 5098 Chesnee Highway in Spartanburg County. Deputies say 42-year-old Tony Ray Helton came into the store, picked up several items, then went to the cash register.

However, after the clerk rang up the items, police reports say Helton claimed to have left his money in the car. Deputies say he started to walk out but then swerved back, grabbed the cash register and tried to run.

Officials say the female clerk grabbed Helton in an attempt to stop him. The two fought until customers stepped in and helped pin him down while they waited on Deputies to arrive.

Helton was taken to Spartanburg Regional to be treated for minor injuries he sustained during the scuffle. He's now being held at the county jail, charged with strong arm robbery.

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