Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Pasco deputies search for man who robbed convenience store at scissors-point

ODESSA — Pasco deputies say the robber came prepared with a blue bandana to cover his face, gloves to conceal his fingerprints, a plastic bag for the loot he planned to grab — and a pair of scissors to try to pry open the cash register.

The robber slipped into the Hess Express convenience store at 13508 State Road 54 about 1 a.m. Sunday and tried to pop open the cash register while the clerks were restocking the shelves, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Only his industrial-grade scissors didn't do the job.

So the robber went into the aisles and used the scissors to threaten a clerk, who then opened the register so the man could have the cash.

Deputies are still searching for the man, described as 25 to 35 years old, between 5-feet-8 and 6-feet tall, and roughly 145 to 165 pounds. He was wearing a gray T-shirt, black shorts and black sneakers. On Friday, the Sheriff's Office posted surveillance video from the robbery with the hope it would generate leads on the robber's whereabouts.

Anyone with information may call the Sheriff's Office tips line toll-free at 1-800-706-2488 or 1-800-854-2862 ext. 7850.

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