The would-be robber of a Clintonville store tried to pass off the threat as a joke late last month, according to Columbus police reports.

A woman who works at Verizon Wireless, 4818 N. High St., said a suspect entered the business at 7:40 p.m. Feb. 28 and told her to open the store's safe.

When the woman responded, "What?" the suspect allegedly replied, "I need you to give me all the phones and everything in the safe or you will lose your life."

The suspect then tried to pretend the robbery attempt was a joke and fled out the door, according to reports.

Nothing was reported stolen from the store or the employee.

In other recent Clintonville-area police reports:

* A 24-year-old man who lives in the 1200 block of Corrugated Way was charged with robbery at 12:23 a.m. Feb. 25.

The man was accused of stealing a box of cereal, valued at $3.29, from a store in the 3400 block of North High Street, according to reports.

* A woman contacted police at 8:35 p.m. Feb. 24 to report the theft of a $180 handgun and ammunition from her home in the 500 block of Olentangy Street.The victim told police the gun was stolen after 10 p.m. Feb. 19.

* A resident of the 500 block of East Lincoln Avenue filed a telecommunication harassment complaint at 2:20 p.m. Feb. 24.

The victim said he had received a call 18 minutes earlier from a number in the 740 area code. The caller said, "Before you know it, you'll all be dead," before hanging up, according to reports.