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.