A former Edible Arrangements employee was arrested late Thursday after he broke into the store and later brandished a knife at a mall patron, according to police.
Police said Jett Jones, 29, of St. Petersburg sneaked into the back of the fruit delivery store at 7060 U.S. 19 N and hid on top of a freezer for at least two hours until it closed. He climbed down and began cutting the cash register's power cord, police said, but was interrupted by an employee returning from a late delivery.
The employee told Jones to leave, but he grabbed the cash register and ran south, police said. Store employees and Shoppes at Park Place shoppers chased him. At one point, police said, he pointed a folding knife at one of his pursuers.
Jones eventually dropped the cash register and hid behind a home on 67th Avenue N, according to police.
Police arrived about 7:20 p.m. and began sweeping the area with search dogs. A police dog grabbed Jones by the arm and brought him down, creating small puncture wounds in his arm, police said.
Police said Jones was fired from Edible Arrangements this year, but have not yet said what prompted his termination. Jones faces charges of armed robbery and armed burglary and was in the Pinellas County Jail on Friday in lieu of $10,000 bail.