Suspect, and Radio Shack employee Andre Puskas fails to rob store, shows up for shift later

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Clearwater, Florida -- Clearwater Police detectives didn't have to look far to find the man who tried to rob a Radio Shack because not only did he work there, he also showed up for his shift after the robbery. 

20-year-old Andre Puskas entered the Radio Shack on Sunset Point Road around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Instead of wearing his usual uniform he was wearing a ski mask and had a stun gun in his waistband.

He showed the stun gun to the victim, and fellow employee, and she dropped to the ground. However, when she moved, he sprayed her in they eyes with pepper spray causing her to run out the front door. 

Puskas attempted to stun her but it apparently misfired and hit his hand instead. 

Puskas also ran out the front door and threw his ski mask in a dumpster near the store. 

He then showed up dutifully for his shift six hours later. 

"He walked in like nothing had happened," said Clearwater Police robbery detective Brown.

Puskas matched the description of the 6'2", almost 300 lbs. suspect. It was also odd that the victim/fellow employee noted that the suspect never said a word during the botched robbery, almost like he did not want her to hear his voice. 

Puskas later admitted to detectives that he tried to rob the store because he needed money to pay for car insurance and his cell phone bill. The stun gun and pepper spray also were recovered in his car.

"He didn't plan this very well, nor was he prepared for the unknowns," detective Brown added. 

He remains held in the Pinellas County Jail on a count of attempted robbery on $150,000 bail.

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