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Search off for third person in Walgreens failed robbery

BROOKSVILLE — Deputies from Hernando and Citrus counties have ended their search for a third suspect in Monday's attempted robbery of a Walgreens store in Homosassa.

Jonathan Duplain, 22, address unknown, was identified as one of three suspects who abandoned a vehicle that was involved in the attempted robbery of the store at U.S. 19 and Grover Cleveland Boulevard. The robbers then led police on a 30-mile vehicle chase that ended near Neff Lake and Mountain Lake, south and west of Spring Lake.

Deputies used helicopters and canine units on Monday to track down Martin Curtis Carr Jr., 23, of Brooksville, and Brian Scott Aubertin, 24, of Masaryktown, in the rural underbrush of southeast Hernando. Both men were arrested and taken to the county jail.

But deputies called off the search for Duplain about 5 p.m. Monday, said Hernando sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Donna Black.

"We're pretty safe in assuming that he's no longer around here," Black said. "And there's no indication the individual was involved as indicated earlier."

Citrus County officials said they don't have any information that supports a third suspect being involved in the robbery attempt.

"We're not completely sure there's a third suspect out there," said Gail Tierney, spokeswoman for the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. "But we're not discounting the possibility, either."

On Tuesday, Carr and Aubertin remained behind bars in Hernando. Carr faces charges of robbery, resisting an officer without violence and two counts of probation violation. He is being held without bail.

Tierney said Carr was also charged with two counts of robbery in Citrus, including one in the April 28 robbery of another Walgreens in Homosassa. His bail will be set at $20,000.

Aubertin was charged with fleeing and eluding in Hernando. His bail has been set at $50,000. Tierney said Citrus authorities hadn't filed charges against him related to the attempted robbery in Homosassa but he faces a warrant for arrest in Marion County.

Meanwhile, Tierney said officials with Walgreen Co.'s corporate security team met Tuesday with Hernando and Citrus authorities in Inverness to discuss security measures and robbery prevention at the store's local pharmacies. In all, seven pharmacies in Citrus County have been robbed in the past year.

Joel Anderson can be reached at joelanderson@sptimes.com or 754-6120.

Search off for third person in Walgreens failed robbery 05/06/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 10:59am]
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