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Attempted robber leaves scene without loot

Police are looking for a suspect who attempted to rob the River Edge Inn in Colonial Beach early Saturday morning. Luckily, the would-be robber left with no money, and no employees were harmed. Colonial Beach Police Chief Legg and Sergeant M.A. Russo responded.

The suspect is described as an above-average height, slender built male, wearing a grey sweatshirt and jeans.

On May 17, at approximately 1:15 a.m., CBPD officers responded to a call at the River Edge Inn in reference to an attempted robbery. Hotel employees advised that a male subject in a grey sweatshirt and jeans with a cloth concealing his face came into the lobby and demanded cash. The subject did not display a weapon, and left when told no cash was available. The investigation is ongoing.  

Colonial Beach Police Chief Elizabeth Legg urges business owners and citizens to call the police to investigate ANY suspicious circumstances, unusual people or strange noises. Legg also advises that criminals prefer easy targets. She recommends business owners and personnel to be confident, make eye contact with customers as they enter their business establishment, and to greet each person.  Insure that storefronts are clear of obstructions and are well lit, and that cash is not kept on hand after business hours.
Legg advises citizens who are concerned with personal safety can also use these techniques. Legg advises to be alert and observant. It is a safe, healthy practice to include someone in your exercise program rather than walking or running alone. Walk purposefully, know where you are going, and project a no-nonsense image. Avoid potentially dangerous situations. If you feel threatened, cross the street, locate an emergency phone, or enter a store or place of business, even if you have just left it.

Legg adds that personal safety is about risk reduction, using good common sense and trusting your instincts.

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