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NEW YORK (CBS Tampa) — As it turns out, impersonating the police does have its benefits, especially when detaining someone who attempts a robbery with a plastic gun.

Wilnelia Rivera Caraballo, 19 of Brevard County, was arrested early Monday morning for attempted armed robbery of a Kangaroo Express gas station, wielding a plastic gun resembling an Uzi, taken down only after being tricked by a store clerk, according to WTSP.

Caraballo, wearing a clear Halloween mask, entered the gas station, announcing, “This is a robbery,” before attempting to break open the cash register, according to the police report. As Caraballo was trying to open the register, a store clerk, who was stocking items in the cooler during the time of her entrance, emerged from the back of the store.

“Palm Bay Police, get on the ground,” he said, before physically detaining Caraballo before the police arrived. As the clerk continued to detain Caraballo, the plastic-gun-toting suspect told the clerk she was attempting to rob the store to help support her family, according to the police report.

Caraballo has an initial court appearance within 24 hours of her arrest, said Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for Brevard County Police.

“I believe this person is still in custody,” Martinez told CBS Tampa.

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