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Police: Man grabs anti-fungal cream, gets jailed on strong arm robbery charge

LARGO — A man accused of stealing some anti-fungal cream from a grocery store landed in hot water after he threatened an employee with a weapon, authorities said.

Lamar Dion Jones, 41, a transient living in Largo, was arrested Wednesday, a week after the incident, and charged with strong arm robbery. On Thursday afternoon, he was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.

Jones told police he is a gang member from Chicago and has been staying at Pinellas Safe Harbor, a homeless shelter next to the jail.

According to Largo police, a man went into the Publix at 5000 East Bay Drive on Jan. 11 and stole a package of Lotrimin.

Publix employees tried to stop the man as he rode off on his bicycle. The employees told police that the man flashed a silver object that they believed was a knife or a gun.

On Wednesday, a Largo police officer saw a man riding a bicycle who matched the description of the theft suspect. Police stopped the man in the area of Ulmerton Road and 58th Street North.

During an interview, Jones admitted he stole several items from the grocery store, but denied threatening employees, police said.

Police: Man grabs anti-fungal cream, gets jailed on strong arm robbery charge 01/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 19, 2012 4:42pm]
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