Published: Oct 26, 2012 2:43 PM EDT

SANIBEL, Fla.- A burglary was foiled at The Island Cow Restaurant, located at 2163 Periwinkle Way, on Tuesday.

Deputies spoke with an employee who was inside the restaurant, setting the tables, when a man wearing a black mask, black long sleeve shirt and black gloves broke out a window and attempted to gain entry through the back door.

The employee told deputies he threw knives and spoons at the suspect to scare him away. It worked and the man left out the back gate on the south east side of the building.

The suspect was not found.

The investigation continues.