(Tuckahoe grandmother fends off would-be robber with bat.) Tuckahoe - A warning to anyone thinking about robbing J. Villarina's Market Sandwich Shoppe: Don't mess with Vera in the morning. The 68-year-old grandmother of eight used a miniature baseball bat to clobber a would-be robber inside the shop on Columbus Avenue, where she works near the Metro-North train station about 5 a.m. April 26. "I was more annoyed than anything else," said Vera, whose last name is being withheld to protect her identity. "All I could think was, 'I've been working since I'm 14 years old. Get a friggin' job, you bum.' " Detective Lt. Kevin Ferry of the Tuckahoe police said the robber entered the business shortly after Vera arrived to open it, told her he had a gun and demanded money but never showed a weapon. "I wasn't thinking did he have a gun or didn't he? I was just so angry because I had work to do," Vera said. "I took some money and I threw it on the floor because I knew he'd bend down to pick it up, and that's when I let him have it." The Bronx native and lifelong Yankees fan picked up a commemorative bat she got years ago on bat day at Yankee Stadium and hit the man in the back of the head twice. He dropped the money and ran out of the store. "I ran after him, but he was too fast for me," she said. Ferry said police arrived moments later and searched for the robber without success. He is described as white, in his 30s or 40s with dark, unshaven facial hair, and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and gray sweat pants. "It was just one of those little bats, only about 16 inches long, but she did enough damage that the guy took off," Ferry said. "She sure is one feisty woman." Vera said she was embarrassed by all the attention she received throughout the day as word spread throughout the small village and well-wishers stopped by with flowers and congratulations. "I'm nuts. I just reacted without even thinking," she said. "Wait until my grandchildren find out about this. I'm never going to hear the end of it."