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DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Aug 4, 2014 - 12:43:45pm
People have their favorite stores in which to shop. Apparently, robbers have favorite stores to hold up, too.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office reported that the same Circle K store at 1805 Elkcam Blvd. in Deltona was targeted twice in two days, apparently by the same unarmed robber, a little after midnight on Sunday and Monday mornings, Aug.3 and Aug. 4.
At first, on Aug. 3, the clerk thought it was a joke, but handed over the cash — an undisclosed amount — after realizing the suspect was serious. The suspect grabbed the money and ran. That was at 12:23 a.m.
"While the clerk said he didn’t see a weapon, a deputy who viewed the store’s surveillance video said it looked like the suspect had a gun in his hand," the Sheriff's Office reported.
An extensive search with patrol deputies, a K-9 team. and a sheriff’s helicopter failed to turn up any sign of the suspect.
Two men who entered the store just before the robbery may be connected to the event, the Sheriff's Office reported. Investigators are seeking them.
Around 12:38 a.m. Aug. 4, the same clerk faced what appeared to be the same suspect. The clerk handed over money, and the suspect fled, then returned a moment later to demand more money from another register, according to the report.
"The clerk complied and the suspect again ran away. He was last seen by a couple of nearby restaurant employees running on Elkcam Boulevard toward Acadian Drive," the Sheriff's Office reported.
The suspect is described as a dark-skinned Hispanic male, 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 140 pounds. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, a dark blue cloth covering his face, and light-colored underwear hanging out of his jeans. He had short black hair, thin eyebrows, and a mole or wart near his left eye.
Anyone with information about the robbery or the men in the photos is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida, toll-free, at (888) 277-TIPS. Resident can also text to “TIP231 plus the message” to CRIMES. Tipsters who provide information to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and can qualify for a reward of up to $1,000. Anyone who prefers to talk directly to a deputy about the case can call Sheriff’s investigator James Moore at (386) 860-7030. However, only callers to Crime Stoppers will qualify for a reward.
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