[UPDATE] TPD Searches for Suspect in Armed Robbery at CVS

By: Julie Montanaro, Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Julie Montanaro, Lanetra Bennett Email

Updated 10-20 6:30pm

Police are still investigating Tuesday's armed robbery at a Tallahassee CVS.

The hold-up is one of many open robbery cases.

Because of recent robberies in Tallahassee, Carolyn Hartough says just walking to the car has become frightening.

Hartough said, "I am concerned that somebody's going to pop up from around a car--just like you did."

Eyewitness News was only armed with a camera and microphone.

But, police say a man with a gun approached a store clerk at CVS Pharmacy at Capital Circle Northeast and Miccosukee Road around 3:00 Tuesday morning.

Surveillance photos show the suspect wearing a dark hooded jacket, blue jeans, and a red shirt, described 5'8" to 5'10".

Officers say the man threatened the clerk, took an undisclosed amount of money, then fired his gun before leaving.

No one was injured.

Hartough said, "It's rather scary, especially when they come in armed and actually use the firearm."

Authorities say in just the first half of this year, The Tallahassee Police Department has dealt with 211 robberies, catching their suspect only 32 times.

Tallahassee resident Kelly Mills said, "I'm not surprised because it seems like it's been growing lately."

All of last year, authorities say TPD had 474 robbery cases, with 84 arrests.

Tallahassee resident Thomas Leverty said, "Police are working on it.

But, there's just so many people in a wide spread area and they're so good at it."

Police say they solve 85 percent of all bank robberies.

Anyone with any information on Tuesday's CVS robbery is asked to call police at 891-4200.

The surveillance photos are attached to this story on the "picture" tab. These are all of the photos/angles that police have released.

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UPDATED 10.20.2010

WCTV has received pictures taken by the CVS surveillance camera. The photos are attached to this story on the "picture" tab.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Tallahassee Police Department at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. Remember, Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information. You could be eligible for a cash reward.

Stay with WCTV for the latest.

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UPDATED 10.19.2010 by Julie Montanaro

An early morning robbery ends with gunfire in Tallahassee.

It happened at the CVS on the corner of Capital Circle Northeast and Miccosukee Road.

It's not unusual to hear about a robbery at a convenience store or 24-hour drug store like this one. What is unusual is the robber fired at least one shot during the hold-up.

Tallahassee Police say at about 3 this morning, the lone man threatened a clerk with the gun, got his money, and, as employees tell us, he then turned around and fired at least one shot back into the store.

Thankfully, no clerks or customers were struck by that bullet.

There is a vague description of the robber. The clerk described him as a black man, 5'8 - 5'10, wearing a dark hoodie, jeans and a red shirt.

Employees tell us this robbery happened at the front counter.

When Eyewitness News walked inside, there were at least three surveillance cameras plainly visible in that area, with signs posted: "recording now."

Tallahassee Police spokesman David McCranie says officers are reviewing surveillance tapes to see if there are any good photos of the robber.

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Press Release from Tallahassee Police Department:

This morning, at approximately 3:00AM, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to a report armed robbery at 1875 Capital Circle Northeast (CVS Pharmacy). Upon arrival, officers discovered that a suspect brandished a firearm and demanded cash from the store clerk. The clerk complied with the demand, but the suspect discharged the firearm at least once. No one was injured during the robbery. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Tallahassee Police Department at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. Remember, Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information. You could be eligible for a cash reward.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:

Black male, 5'8"-5'10", last seen wearing a dark colored hooded jacket, blue jeans and a red shirt.


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  • by Gene Location: Tampa, FL on Nov 29, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    Unfortunately employees can't keep their job if they arm themselves. My son worked at a CVS in Tampa and was shot twice for a few bucks two years ago today. Shot once in the leg and once in the chest, he now fights pain and CVS from a wheelchair. As a parent, I fight for my son through SamsLaw.org because Florida won't! According to my state representative our very own speaker of the house accepted 8 million dollars to make life worse for my son Sam. This makes me sick, whose worse the thief on the street or the thief we elected?
  • by rob Location: tally on Oct 21, 2010 at 06:48 AM
    Sorry TIR...some of us here are not internet cowboys and some are. I know how I react when I have a gun pointed at me...and I refuse to cower or be a non-fighting victim as I have the training....but like I said...I know exactly where you are coming from and its sad that so many will allow themselves to be victimized by these low class scum buckets.
  • by Patriot Location: USA on Oct 21, 2010 at 06:23 AM
    TIR: You hit the nail on the head. There are 2 kinds of people. Those who run from trouble (the sheeple) and those who will run toward it. The country seems to be full of those who would run lately. Folks, arm yourselves and learn how to use the firearm. Do not be a victim. Remember, when seconds count, the Police are only minutes away.
  • by HMA on Oct 21, 2010 at 06:07 AM
    TIR, For once, I agree with you. My father is a Retired Combat Marine Sgt. with multiple confirmed kills. I have heard many stories about how being shot at changes people. I do wish that more armed robbers would get shot during the comission of the crime.
  • by shelia davis Location: msm on Oct 20, 2010 at 08:05 PM
    they look like scott and sink.
  • by TIR on Oct 20, 2010 at 05:08 PM
    I find it so very amusing how the people on this site say what they would have done if they would have been in the situation described in this story. Such big, bad talk from people. Truth is, no one knows what they would or wouldn't have done in this situation. However, I would be willing to wager that the majority of the big talkers would pee in their pants and go hide in a corner.
  • by you idiot Location: in vermont on Oct 20, 2010 at 05:07 PM
    JARED...maybe he'll move up there and rob your drug store..then you can give him the key to the city.
  • by me Location: here on Oct 20, 2010 at 04:56 PM
    Shaunequa-what is that supposed to mean? Are you condoning the robbery? Please clarify that for me, because if you are, then you are just as bad as the robber. Don't invite karma on yourself.
  • by Patriot Location: USA on Oct 20, 2010 at 04:28 PM
    Jared: Just what would you "moderate"? The fact that citizens are fed up with this stuff and are arming themselves? Read the story 211 robbneries, only 32 arrests. When John Q. Public starts blowing these pieces of scum away, only then will it slow down. Of course, the public will have to deal with some hotshot DA wanting votes that makes sure the scumbags "rights" are not violated. What about working people, do we have ANY rights left? Sorry, but reality can really slap you in the face sometimes.
  • by Shaunequa Location: Quincy on Oct 20, 2010 at 04:07 PM
    Get those reparations young G!!!
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