A 71-year-old great-grandmother thwarted a would-be robber at a Vermilion convenience store over the weekend.

Sandy Frye has worked at the Marathon Quick Mart on Liberty Avenue store for 20 years and has earned the nickname Gramma Tyson because of her feisty attitude.

“I was not scared. I wasn’t shaking,” said Frye of the would-be robbery attempt. “I was just mad.”

According to Vermilion Police, the thug came into the store Saturday around 6PM and waited for customers to leave. After the store was empty, he approached Frye and informed her that he wanted all the money and that he had a gun and if she did not comply he would shoot her.

“I said, no, not going to do it,” Frye said. “So I told him, well, bring the gun out or hit the door, one of the two.”

Dumbfounded, the would-be robber simply said “thank you, m’am” and left the store. No gun was seen and the suspect did not get any money.

The suspect was described as 6′, 200lbs white male short dark hair wearing a dark t-shirt with a cross printed on the chest, jeans and white tennis shoes.

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