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Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Winn-Dixie store in the early morning hours on Sunday following an armed robbery.
When they arrived at 333 E. Highland Blvd. at 12:01 a.m., they found the night manager and another store employee visibly shaken by the confrontation.
The employee told officers he was collecting shopping carts out in the parking lot when he was approached by a masked man holding a handgun who directed him to the front door. The manager then opened the store and let them in.
Once inside, the suspect made the manager restrain his employee with zip ties and proceed to the cash room where he handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the masked gunman.
The suspect next directed the manager to the rear of the store where he exited on foot. No shots were fired, and no injuries were reported. However, the shaken-up store employee was transported by Nature Coast EMS to Citrus Memorial Health System to be evaluated.
The two victims described the robber as possibly a white male with a tattoo on his left wrist.
He was wearing all-black clothing, including gloves and a ski mask.
A BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued, plus K-9 units attempted a track but didn’t locate anyone.
Detectives have reason to believe the suspect arrived at the store with a second suspect driving a light-colored, four-door vehicle.
Anyone with information about this crime or the identity of the suspects is asked to call 911 or 352-726-1121 right away.
Or contact Crime Stoppers of Citrus County, Inc., by texting CITRUS plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), clicking on www.crimestopperscitrus.com or calling 1-888-ANY-TIPS toll-free.
Tipsters may remain anonymous and be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.