MANATEE -- Two masked gunmen tried -- and failed -- to rob a Dollar General store in Palmetto late Thursday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
About 9:50 p.m., the gunmen entered the store at 4910 U.S. 19. One employee locked himself in the office, while another ran out the back door, according to a news release.
The would-be robbers then left without taking anything, according to the sheriff's office.
Deputies searched the area but did not find anything.
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One of the robbers was described as being with thin build. He was wearing a black hoodie, with a white and black checkered hood. He was wearing a black bandana over his face, blue jeans and white sneakers.
The other robber was wearing a grey long-sleeve shirt under a black T-shirt, a black mask, black pants and black shoes, according to the report.
The report did not indicate any possible connection with a robbery 3 1/2 hours later at a 7-Eleven store in south Manatee County. In that hold-up, two robbers got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.