Monday, April 23, 2018
Public safety

St. Petersburg police release video of liquor store robbery

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are seeking the public's help identifying a man who robbed a Sweetbay Supermarket liquor store last week.

Police said the liquor store clerk thought the man was kidding when he walked in about 8:30 p.m. last Wednesday and announced he was armed and going to rob the place.

But then the man came behind the counter. The clerk didn't see a gun, but did see a knife in his hand.

The suspect, police said, began waving it and demanded cash. He fled on foot from the store at 7491 Fourth St. N.

Officials released a surveillance video of the robbery Tuesday.

The suspect is described as a white man with grey hair who weighs between 185 and 200 pounds. He is believed to be between 40 and 45 years old and was between 6 foot 1 and 6 foot 3 inches tall. His shorts, shirt and baseball hat that night were black. He had on white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (727) 893-7780, leave an anonymous tip at (727) 892-5000 or text (727)420-8911.

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