Sheriff's Office hunts for armed robber
Hernando sheriff's authorities are seeking the public's help in locating a man accused of committing an armed robbery at the Circle K store at 6227 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, at 4:29 a.m. Aug. 7.
The man, who was masked at the time of the robbery, was described as middle-aged, about 6 feet tall and weighing about 195 pounds, with a mustache and possibly a goatee. He was wearing a T-shirt with the logo from a Las Vegas radio station that read: Rockin' the River, Shakin' the Lake, Lucky 98 FM.
Anyone with information about the suspect, who fled the store on foot, is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (352) 754-6830 or the anonymous tip line, toll-free, at 1-866-990-8477. Tips also can be e-mailed from the sheriff's website at hernandosheriff.org/tips.
Purse snatching leads to man's arrest
A 24-year-old Spring Hill man has been arrested and charged with stealing the purse of a 76-year-old woman as she was leaving a grocery store Monday afternoon.
Anthony Shane Jones of 3384 Mission Way Drive has been charged with strong-armed robbery. Jones, whose occupation was listed as pressure washer, was taken into custody Thursday night after someone saw a surveillance photo of him in the newspaper and called authorities.
Jones later admitted that he had snatched a purse from the woman as she left the Publix supermarket in Lakewood Plaza on Commercial Way about 5 p.m. Monday and removed the purse's contents, including cash. He told officers that he and another unidentified man then discarded the purse in a wooded area in the 13000 block of Montour Street, west of Brooksville. Authorities recovered the purse.
Jones was being held Friday in the Hernando County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Later Friday, the Sheriff's Office announced that it also had charged Jones with home invasion robbery and aggravated battery in connection with an assault on an elderly woman on Aug. 28. The woman was robbed of her purse after she pulled her car into the garage of her house in Spring Hill.