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96-year-old woman defeats armed robber in her shop

She told him: “You can have all the Tootsie Rolls you want but I am not opening that cash register.”

Margaretta Wolf, possibly giving someone what for
Margaretta Wolf, possibly giving someone what for
Image: Screen grab via WAOW

A 96-YEAR-OLD WOMAN fended off an armed and masked robber who tried to raid her shop.

In the best possible way.

The intruder, who was sporting a silver mask and brandishing a knife, ordered Margaretta Wolf to open the cash register in her small grocery store.

But she had some choice words for him.

I said: ‘I’m not opening up that cash register and that’s it, I’m not opening it. I said you can have all the Tootsie Rolls you want but I am not opening that cash register.

The man continued to give Wolf orders in the shop, which has carried her family’s name for 54 years in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

He said, ‘Walk in the back of the store,’ I said, ‘I’m not walking no place, I’m standing right here.

The elderly store owner stood her ground when the man flashed a pocketknife and placed it on the counter.

I said, ‘I’ll press a button and I’ll have somebody here in seconds.

Wolf said the would-be robber appeared frustrated, looked around, spotted a security camera in the corner, grabbed the knife and fled.

Local police Lt Darren Larsen said he’s just glad Wolf is OK.

“In this instance, certainly again while not recommended with what took place, we’re just very, very happy Marge was not injured,” Larsen told WAOW-TV.

Wolf said she has a few words for the suspect when police catch up with him.

What do I say to him? I say I think you got some punishments coming, and it will be a little bit more than scrubbing the floor.

AP Photo/News-Herald, Megan McCormick

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