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A man armed with a machete robbed the 7-Eleven in Auburn early Wednesday morning. The Auburn Police Department had a possible suspect in custody Wednesday but had not filed any criminal charges in the case.

Surveillance video shows a man entering the 7-Eleven on the corner of State Street and Perrine Street at 4:45 a.m. wielding a machete, or a similar bladed object about 18 inches in length. The suspect is described as a 5-foot, 9-inch black male with a medium build who was wearing a red bandana covering his lower face, dark pants, dark jacket and an orange-billed hat.

APD Capt. David Delfavero said the man confronted the clerk, demanding cash from the cash register. Police said the suspect made a threatening gesture toward the clerk with the weapon.

The clerk, afraid, complied by pulling out the drawer, police said. The robber picked up the cash drawer with an undisclosed amount of money inside and fled out of the front door of the store, heading north.

Patrol officers searching the area located a man matching the clerk's description of the robber in terms of physique, clothing, size and general physical characteristics, and police detained the man for questioning and further investigation. The man was cooperative and agreed to a polygraph test, police said.

Later, police said the man was released and the investigation continues.

The investigation is ongoing. The public is encouraged to contact Delfavero, 255-4705, and Detective Chris Coopper, 255-4706, at the Auburn Police Department with any information. Tips may also be left at communitywatch@auburnpolice.net. All information may be provided anonymously.

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Staff writer Greg Mason can be reached at (315) 282-2239 or greg.mason@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenMason.

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