A staff member at an Adelaide west service station faced a scary yet bizarre encounter when a man allegedly attempting a robbery threatened him with a piece of stationery.

SA Police were called to the Richmond Rd business at about 5.10am on Wednesday after receiving reports that a man had entered the store and threatened the employee, demanding that he fill a bag with cash.

Police allege the man picked up a pen from the counter and used it to threaten the staffer.

The employee wasn’t afraid of the man’s bizarre weapon of choice, refusing to hand over any money and chasing him out of the store.

The man, described as being of caucasian appearance with receding hair, was last seen running east along Richmond Rd.

A man is on the run after he tried to hold up a Richmond  service station with a pen he grabbed from the counter. Picture: Supplied
Police would like to speak with this man in relation to an alleged attempted robbery at a service station. Supplied Credit: NCA NewsWire

He is about 180cm tall and wore a black jacket with dark-coloured pants and red, white and black Nike Air Max shoes as well as a face mask.

There were no reported injuries.

Police allege the same man walked into a cafe in Pirie St in the Adelaide CBD at about 8am and stole cash from the till.

He did not make any threats and no weapon were seen by staff members.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or sees the man is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go online.

Extracted in full from: Man allegedly attempts to rob Adelaide service station with piece of stationery | PerthNow

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