Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Convenience store customer robbed of $2

A gunman held up a Key Largo convenience store Sunday afternoon before fleeing with only $2 -- from a customer, according to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office report.

A man wearing dark clothes, a blue hat, black gloves and sunglasses walked into the Tom Thumb convenience store at 102630 Overseas Highway with a bandana over his face at 5:25 p.m., and stood in line next to a customer, reports say.

When the clerk told him he couldn't wear the bandana in the store, he reportedly lifted his shirt to display a stainless steel or chrome handgun in his waistband. He demanded the money in the cash register, but the clerk told him there was none, so the robber ordered the customer standing in line next to him to give him his money.

"I'm desperate," he told the customer, who handed over $2, the report states.

The robber fled, driving north in a green or dark-colored Saturn he had parked about a block from the store, according to a witness who was leaving the store as the gunman was entering.

That witness, who apparently sat in his truck about 25 feet from the store and watched the man leave, tried to follow the Saturn before losing it in traffic, the report states. The witness gave deputies a description of the man and the car.

Deputies stopped two vehicles that fit the description, but the robber was in neither, the report states.

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