Midway Pilot Truck Stop Robbed by Former Subway Employee

By: Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Release
By: Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Release

Gadsden County, Florida - September 27, 2011 -

At almost midnight Sunday, a robber entered the office of the Pilot Truck Stop in Midway, Florida and held the manager and cashier at gunpoint. Deputies responded to the scene to find that no one was hurt, but the robber made off with a reported $20,000 in cash. Investigators and deputies on scene were informed by store employees that the robber, who was attempting to disguise herself as a black male, was indeed a white female who also was a former employee of the Subway that is located inside of the Pilot. The robber was described by witnesses as wearing all black clothing, heavy black facial paint, and a fake beard.

The store manager stated that physical features of the robber led her to recognize the robber as recently terminated Subway employee 42 year old Shannon L. Taylor, a white female resident of Leon County. Taylor took the $20,000 and fled the scene through a side door of the truck stop. Investigators continued working the case into Monday morning with the assistance of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for her residence and an arrest warrant for Taylor based on the information received from witnesses. Leon County Sheriff’s Office and investigators from the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant of her residence at 1324 Bayberry Lane in Tallahassee, Florida. Recovered was $5132 in cash, $800 in money order form, and tracked just over $100 that Taylor used to renew tags and registrations. The remainder of the reported $20,000 has not been recovered at this time.

While executing the search warrant, investigators were notified that the suspect was approaching the residence on foot, but after seeing all the law enforcement activity around her residence she turned around walking in the opposite direction. Taylor was arrested by deputies from the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal Task Force shortly after and taken to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office where she was questioned about the robbery. Taylor, initially denying any involvement, later gave a written confession to Gadsden County investigators. In her confession, Taylor cited her recent termination and mounting bills and rent for committing the robbery. The disguise and B.B. gun pistol was thrown into the river, according to Taylor’s confession. She also stated that she had no intentions on hurting anyone but needed the money as times were hard.

Taylor is being held in the Gadsden County Jail charged with armed robbery. Bail was
set at $100,000.


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  • by Strawberry on Nov 10, 2011 at 11:35 AM
    It is so sad that people have to steal to provide the basic necessities in life. The love of money has caused so many to fall. When will people learn that even when you take the money, most times you really never get to spend it
  • by Robert Location: Midway on Sep 29, 2011 at 09:19 AM
    She will be judged by someone higher than all of us. She will have to live with her decisions.
  • by MR.COMMON SENSE Location: TALLAHASSEE,FLA on Sep 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM
    DEAR GO NAVY, REFERING TO THE BIBLE OVER A THIEF? WOW. IM SURE MANY "FOLKS" HAVE ENOUGH HONOR AND RESPECT FOR THEMSELVES NOT TO ROB AND TAKE WHAT ISN'T THEIRS. REALITY IS SHE WAS NEVER JUSTIFIED NO MATTER WHAT TO DO THAT. I WILL CAST THE FIRST STONE, CAUSE SHE WAS AN IDIOT THAT GOT FIRED FOR HER OWN ATTIDTUDE. I USUALLY DEFEND SOMEONE AS YOU ARE IF THERE ARE MIDIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES,,BUT NAH DOG..NOT ON THIS. MATT 7;13-15 PEACE AND LOVE-MR. COMMON SENSE
  • by Go Navy on Sep 28, 2011 at 03:19 AM
    Oooops, I stand corrected by a commentor: Ms Taylor confessed to robbing the Pilot, not the Subway. $20K at a truck stop is much more understandable. Maybe watching the fuel sales folk load thousands into the cash register while you're slathering mayonaise on a sandwich is an irresistable temptation. Who of us is in the position to cast the first stone, ey?
  • by Go Navy on Sep 28, 2011 at 03:14 AM
    $20K on hand in a sandwich shop? Pardon the expression, but who's minding the store? Yes, and surely security cameras got a shot or maybe even video of the accused in her disguise. I'll bet that would present a more compelling visual experience than MS Taylor au natural, um, so to speak.
  • by obama could careless Location: fl on Sep 28, 2011 at 12:14 AM
    dont make fun people business are still closeing down.
  • by TALLYGIRL Location: Tall on Sep 27, 2011 at 11:13 PM
    Shannon out of all people i would have never believed that you would have did this. This does not sound like the Shannon I KNOW no bill or rent was worth what you did. You could have filed for umployment or looked for another job to pay your bills.What was you thinking.YOU KNOW LAW ENFOCERMENT OF ALL COME IN THERE ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT. YOU KNOW THEY WAS GOING TO CATCH YOU...I'M SURPRISED THAT THEY WASN'T WALKING IN THE DOOR WHEN YOU WAS WALKING OUT THE DOOR. I agree with the post that you didn't take what they said you took and the post that they shouldn't have put the amount on here like that.ALL THAT DID IS INVITING THUGS TO REALLY TRY AND HURT THE OTHER EMPLOYEES.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2011 at 11:07 PM
    First of all its a truck stop not a gas station and that kind of money is kept on hand because truck driver's cash their paychecks there and they do western union money transfers and a lot of truck drivers pay for their $600 in fuel with cash. That's why their was that much money on hand. Secondly it wasn't the Subway that was robbed it was the truck stop side and it was the days cash deposit plus some of the safe money that was taken. Thirdly she was fired from her job at Subway for not doing her job. Fourthly she was an idiot for trying to steal the money, anyone who saw the surveillance video and worked their would know it was her. And finally if the stupid manager on duty knew how to close and lock a door none of it would have ever happened.
  • by nikita Location: Tallahassee on Sep 27, 2011 at 04:10 PM
    If she was black she would 15 years to life sentence. But since shes not what will she get 11months 29 days and a slap on the wrist.....
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      by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2011 at 06:43 PM in reply to nikita
      HA HA HA, very funny.
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      by captain obvious on Sep 27, 2011 at 07:30 PM in reply to nikita
      Yea, but if she was black, this would be the the third time she was arrested for this.
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        by a mom on Sep 28, 2011 at 06:28 AM in reply to captain obvious
        You got that right!
  • by Fred Location: Gadsden County on Sep 27, 2011 at 03:27 PM
    When Midway gets a good chief that has lots of time in law enforcement and training in the crime prevention area things like this will not happen, except by stupid people
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