NYPD: Man lights fire in check cashing shop

A would-be robber dumped gasoline on the floor of an Ocean Hill check cashing business Saturday morning and then set it on fire.

A would-be robber dumped gasoline on the floor of an Ocean Hill check chasing business Saturday morning and then set it on fire.

A would-be robber dumped gasoline on the floor of an Ocean Hill check chasing business Saturday morning and then set it on fire. (9/25/16)

BROOKLYN - A would-be robber dumped gasoline on the floor of an Ocean Hill check cashing business Saturday morning and then set it on fire.

Police say he entered Pay-O-Matic on Rockaway Avenue, poured out the gas, demanded money and threatened to light it.

When a clerk refused to hand over money, police say the suspect lit a match, dropped it on the floor and fled the business empty handed. The store sustained significant damage but no injuries were reported.

Authorities describe the suspect as a black male around 5 feet 9 inches tall. He was wearing a black jacket and carrying a black shoulder bag.

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