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Video game store clerk talks robber out of crime

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If you've ever been to a video game retailer, you know how persuasive those clerks can be.

One Denver salesperson, though, tops them all. He managed to talk a would-be robber out of committing a crime by pointing out to him that it was "messed up" to attempt to rob a locally-owned company.

The suspect apparently wasn't exactly a master criminal. KCNC-TV reports he attempted to rob three separate stores in Southwest Denver, including a gas station and record store. But it was Chris Ward, the clerk at Level 7 Games, who set him straight.

The suspect had hit Level 7 before — just a few days ago, in fact — allegedly walking away with $350 worth of merchandise. But when he returned and demanded the money in the register (which totaled just $10), Ward drew a line.

"I told him 'no' because I didn't think it was right for him to try to steal from us," says Ward. "I told him I thought it was messed up he was trying to rob a small business."

Ward then chased the suspect not only out of the store, but down the street. He got away and tried to rob other stores, but failed there too, ultimately wrecking his and another car after a police chase. The authorities eventually nabbed the suspect and no one was seriously injured.

Video games have become a popular target for thieves in recent years. Last year, a crew in France stole a pair of delivery trucks carrying over $1 million worth of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in a dramatic heist that sounds like something out of The French Connection.

Yeesh, maybe these guys just need to play some games, rather than try to rob the people who sell them.

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