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Would-be Robbers Laughed Away

August 7, 1987

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ Two gun-toting masked men ran away red-faced and empty-handed when demands for money only got them laughs.

″We didn’t pay any attention to them. I thought someone was joking around. We laughed at them,″ said Marge Oustio, manager of the Town House Motel.

The two, carrying revolvers and wearing stockings over their faces, walked into the lobby late Tuesday and demanded money, she said.

They apparently were taken aback by employees who laughed in their masked faces. But they ran when a guest walked into the lobby from a restroom.

″I had a phone in my hand. Maybe they thought I was calling for help,″ Ms. Oustio said.

The men were last seen fleeing through a side door, said detective Sgt. James Rokita.

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