A masked thief tried to hold up a gas bar and convenience store in St. John's late Monday night, but did not get far.
Someone wearing a mask entered the Ultramar station on Freshwater Road shortly before midnight.
The person was carrying a weapon, but the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary did not identify it.
An employee on duty confronted the would-be robber, who ran away without taking anything.
The RNC used a police dog in an attempt to track down the suspect.
No one was injured during the incident.