- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Weeks before Halloween, Scottsdale police are trying to track down a man who wore a zombie-clown type mask and carried a real hatchet while robbing a convenience store.

Police say the robber entered a Superpumper store in north Scottsdale around 3:30 a.m. Friday and demanded cash from the register.

The cashier complied and the suspect left the store.

But police say he re-entered the store seconds later, forced the cashier into the back office and stole cigarettes and merchandise before fleeing on foot.

They say store surveillance footage shows the robber wearing a rubber Halloween mask with gray hair and yellow teeth.

A police spokesman says there was nothing to indicate that the hatchet was not real.

Police describe the suspect as being about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds.

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