MEXICO – A would-be thief entered a convenience store and demanded money early Sunday morning but failed to get away with cash because the clerk refused to give it to him.

Mexico Police Chief Jim Theriault said a male wearing a ski mask and black winter gloves entered the Big Apple on Route 2 shortly after 1 a.m. on July 30. He said the man asked the clerk for a pack of cigarettes. When she opened the cash drawer, he demanded money.

She refused several times to give it to him. He left after a few minutes. The clerk then called the police at 1:28 a.m. He left the store with the pack of cigarettes.

Mexico officer Dean Benson headed up the investigation assisted by the Rumford and Dixfield police departments and the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office.

Theriault said the department has a license number and a suspect.

In other police department matters, Theriault said two women received minor injuries when their vehicles collided at 1:10 p.m., Sunday, July 30, near the intersection of River Road and Main Street.

Ann C. White, 51, of Roxbury Road, Mexico, stopped her 2006 Nissan sedan as she was traveling east on River Road to allow a vehicle in front of her to make a turn.

Angela L. Dean, 23, of Maine Street, Mexico, driving a 1990 Chevrolet sedan, apparently did not see White’s stopped vehicle. Her vehicle collided with White’s Datsun, causing $5,000 damage to her vehicle and $1,000 to White’s vehicle.

White and Dean were transported to Rumford Hospital by Med-Care Ambulance Service with minor injuries, said Theriault. A spokeswoman for the hospital on Monday said she could neither confirm nor deny the arrival of White and Dean.

A passenger riding with White was not injured.

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