Three teenage boys were arrested in connection with an unsuccessful armed robbery of a fast-food restaurant Thursday night, Lexington police said.
Two 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old were charged with first-degree robbery and fleeing or evading police, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
Even though no cash was taken, the teens were charged with first-degree robbery because one displayed a handgun and they threatened the use of force to accomplish a theft, Roberts said. The 15-year-old also was charged with receiving stolen property, which was a car.
Shortly after 7:30 p.m., a robbery was reported at Taco Bell at 320 West New Circle Road. Police were told that two males in black coats, one of them wearing a mask, entered the store and demanded money. The third teen was outside.
"The clerk was like, 'This is a joke. You're kidding, right?'" Roberts said.
So the two left the store and got into a white Dodge Intrepid.
Later the car was seen speeding on Loudon Avenue and an officer stopped it on Newtown Pike near Lexmark. The juveniles fled but they were later caught and arrested, Roberts said.