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Best Buy laptops taken by suspects armed with sharp object

SPRING HILL — Deputies are searching for a man and woman who stole several laptop computers from a Best Buy store and then pulled a sharp instrument on an employee who tried to stop them Tuesday afternoon.

The duo allegedly entered the store at 1369 Wendy Court about 4 p.m. The man picked up three computers and the woman grabbed one before they attempted to leave the store, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

When they were confronted by a loss prevention officer, the man allegedly placed a sharp object — either a knife or a box cutter — to the throat of the employee and threatened him. The suspects then fled with the computers in a gold or champagne-colored pickup truck, heading in an unknown direction.

No one was injured in the armed robbery. The computers were valued at about $4,500.

The white male suspect was described as having short red hair and a stocky build. He was wearing a white T-shirt with an unknown graphic on the front and blue jean shorts.

The woman, also white, had shoulder-length brown hair and a thin build. She was wearing a red short-sleeved shirt with blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Detective Phil Lakin at (352) 754-6830. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (352) 797-8477 or visit www.hernandosheriff.org and click on the Crime Stopper link.

Joel Anderson can be reached at joelanderson@sptimes.com or at (352) 754-6120.

Best Buy laptops taken by suspects armed with sharp object 12/16/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 8:40pm]
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