It pays to watch those surveillance cameras.
A clerk spotted a masked man outside a convenience store in the 2600 block of North Pearl Street early Monday. The clerk ran to a back room and locked the door, Tacoma police reported.
Meanwhile, the masked bandit entered the store wielding a gun about 12:40 a.m. He looked around for the clerk but finding neither the clerk nor anyone else, left empty handed.
Tacoma police responded and checked the area. They did not find the suspect.
The investigation was continuing.