The man was accused of trying to rob Sykes Liquor Store in Trenton, New Jersey.
Police said the owner, who was behind the counter, triggered the lock after the man grabbed a bottle of Hennessy cognac and bolted for the door.
The man then allegedly pulled out a handgun and demanded to be released. But the owner said he saw that the gun was a fake, refused to unlock the door and called police.
Police said the suspect threw away the gun, slumped to the floor and was crying when officers arrived to arrest him.
Apr 3, 2009
Sobbing robber locked inside store
A 19-year-old who tried to rob a liquor store sat down and cried after the 76-year-old owner locked him in the store.