Police: Would-Be Robber ID'd by bright Blue Eyes

September 21, 2011 - 9:15 AM

AVALON, Pa. (AP) — Police in a Pittsburgh suburb say a man's bright blue eyes helped a convenience store clerk identify him as a would-be robbery.

Nineteen-year-old Conor McClelland, of Bellevue, is charged with walking into a Marathon Quik Serve gas station last week and demanding cash.

The clerk tells police she recognized McClelland as a regular customer — despite the fact that he was wearing a hoodie and a bandanna over his face — because of his distinctive blue eyes.

Avalon police Chief Thomas Kokoski tells WPXI-TV (http://bit.ly/pDAWtA ) that McClelland ran away without any money and was hiding near a building where he was staying across the street from the store when police found him. The chief says McClelland also had drug paraphernalia.

Online court records don't list an attorney for McClelland, who faces a court appearance on Thursday.

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Information from: WPXI-TV, http://www.wpxi.com