Sunday, April 22, 2018
Public safety

Pasco deputies looking for two men wanted in New Port Richey armed robbery

NEW PORT RICHEY — The employees of A&D Beverage Station cooperated. They let the masked gunmen clean out the till. They didn't stop them from stealing cartons of Newport cigarettes. But the robbers still pushed their guns into the faces of their victims, one male and one female employee and the woman's 18-year-old daughter, who cowered behind her mother.

"These guys were really aggressive," said Detective Lisa Schoneman of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The robbery happened about 8 p.m. Tuesday. A video released Friday by the Sheriff's Office shows two gunmen running into the drive-through beverage store, located at 5839 State Road 54 in New Port Richey. The men appear to be between 16 and 25 years old, about 6 feet tall with slender builds, the Sheriff's Office said. They wore blue bandannas to cover the lower halves of their faces.

Schoneman said most robbers go in, get what they want and leave. But it is worrisome that these two got what they wanted and still "terrorized" the employees, she said. None were injured, but Schoneman said she doesn't know what these two suspects would have done if any of them had decided to fight back.

She said the employees were "scared to death."

"It's really upsetting," she said.

The employees declined Friday to speak to the Times.

Schoneman urges anyone with information to call the Sheriff's Office at (727) 844-7711.

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