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“The Shoppe for Something Else” in Homosassa was robbed on Sunday.
Shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to The Shoppe, at 6441 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, in reference to a robbery.
The store clerk said a man approached her after browsing around the store and demanded money. He then hit her on the back of the head with a phone, took her to a back room and bound her hands, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. The suspect reportedly left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash and some jewelry.
According to the clerk, the man was in his mid- to late-40s, approximately
5-foot-9 inches tall with a thin build and dark hair. He was wearing a blue T-shirt with the word MARINE and other writing on it and was wearing white shorts. He left in a small, white, possibly four-door older vehicle.
No weapon was brandished and the clerk was uninjured.
Detectives are looking for information to help solve this crime. Those with information are asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Citrus County Inc. by calling toll free 888-ANY-TIPS, texting the word CITRUS plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visitingwww.crimestopperscitrus.com. Tipsters may remain anonymous and may be eligible to receive a cash reward.
Two Banks Robbed in One Day – By the Same Guy!
According to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, the man walked into the bank on Belt Avenue about 1:55 p.m. and gave a note to the teller demanding money and claiming he had a gun. The suspect fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.
The man was last seen running north behind the bank on Palm Avenue, and both schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution. A ground and air search failed to turn up the suspect, and the lockdowns were lifted about 3 p.m.
Sheriff’s officials said one witness saw the suspect remove a wig as he fled, revealing a bald head. The suspect also was described as a black man in his mid-30s, about 6 feet tall and wearing jeans, a gray long-sleeved shirt and glasses.
In Ocala, officers said a man entered the BBVA Compass Bank at 2620 SW 19th Ave. Road, and, as in the Bushnell robbery two hours later, handed her a note claiming he had a gun.
Authorities said that as the robber fled, a dye pack exploded. He dropped it and some of the money on a sidewalk just south of the front doors of the bank.
A woman who was at the bank but did not want to be identified out of concern for her safety said she saw the robber approaching from the nearby Walmart parking lot. She described him as weighing about 200 pounds and wearing a long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and a spiky wig. It was the wig that drew her attention. She said he was walking casually as he approached the bank.
After Sumter reviewed pictures provided by Ocala police, Caruthers said they feel strongly that the same man committed both crimes.
But… Can You Carry In a Bank? What If My Employer Says I’m Not Allowed to Carry?
Yes, you are absolutely able to carry a firearm in a bank. If your employer doesn’t allow firearms to be carried on employees, but you’re legally allowed to carry on their property, then you are not committing a crime by carrying your firearm while at work. Yes, the employer can fire you if they ever see your firearm – but remember – you need to keep the firearm CONCEALED at all times.
Is It Just Me Or Are These Robberies Becoming More Common?
Its a simple fact, folks – these crimes are on the rise. As the economy worsens, people get laid off or fired, they get more desperate. Add in the amount of meth labs that are being found, and how many people are turning to drugs and alcohol in these tough times, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
You need to ask yourself: Why don’t you have your concealed carry permit yet?
Not only do you need to get a concealed carry permit, but you also need to get proficient with that firearm and carry daily to protect yourself and those around you. Human life is the most valuable thing on the planet – and us “good guys” need to protect ourselves against the “bad guys.”
These crimes are on the rise – let’s start carrying daily!
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