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St. Petersburg police seek robber who snatched wallet from elderly man in wheelchair

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are seeking the public's help in finding a man they say robbed an elderly man in a wheelchair a week ago outside a Walgreens.

The suspect is a 25 to 35-year-old black man who is about 6 feet tall and weighs between 160 and 170 pounds.

Police said he was wearing jeans, a collared polo shirt with black and white horizontal stripes, and a black baseball cap with an unknown logo when he robbed the victim about 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7 outside the store at 2195 66th St. N.

Authorities said the victim, who is 84, bought items at the counter then went outside. The robber, who had been pretending to look at merchandise near the check out, followed.

The victim told officers the robber bumped him quickly, almost forcing his chair to tip over. He then snatched the older man's wallet out of his lap and fled.

Police on Tuesday released surveillance footage of the two men leaving the store. The actual robbery was not captured on video, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at (727) 893-7780, (727) 892-5000 or text (727) 420-8911.

St. Petersburg police seek robber who snatched wallet from elderly man in wheelchair 08/14/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 7:01pm]
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