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Port Richey man turned to robbery for non-food stamp victuals, deputies say

PORT RICHEY — A 40-year-old man is accused of attempting to rob a Circle K so he could get money to buy "beer, cigarettes, cat food and toilet paper" — everything he can't get with food stamps, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

David L. Thomas, of Port Richey, wore a gas mask and gloves and had a gun in his pocket when he entered the Circle K at 9827 Little Road about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, a report states. He told the clerks to put money in an empty McDonald's bag he brought with him, authorities said.

The clerks refused — and Thomas fled the scene, the Sheriff's Office said. Thomas did not "brandish or fire" the gun in the store, the report states.

Thomas was arrested early Thursday. He is charged with armed robbery and carrying a concealed firearm. He is being held at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $155,000 bail.

Port Richey man turned to robbery for non-food stamp victuals, deputies say 01/21/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 21, 2011 4:50pm]
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