1. Archive

Guard disarmed, robbed in aisle of department store

"Don't be a hero," an armed robber reportedly told a guard who had just picked up a bank deposit on Friday. "Give me what you've got in the bag. Put it on the floor." Although the robbery took place in a rear aisle of the Kmart store on U.S. 301, nobody except the armored-car crew member who was robbed saw it happen, according to Sgt. Rolland Bice of the Zephyrhills Police Department.

Bice gave this account:

The robber, carrying a chrome-plated revolver, confronted the guard from Loomis Armored Inc. shortly before 3:30 p.m. as he was carrying the deposit through the store and ordered the guard to turn around. The robber disarmed the guard, taking his pistol.

"He told the guard to walk on, and then (the robber) left the store by the front door," Bice said.

The suspect is described as white, about 30 years old and 5-feet-8-inches tall, and wearing a white shirt and jeans. He was last seen jumping into a white, four-door compact car that headed east on Pretty Pond Road.

The guard, who was uninjured, said the robber had a mustache and blondish-brown hair parted in the middle.

The driver of the car was described only as white, about 35 and with black hair.

Bice said there are "some similarities," between Friday's robbery and one on May 17 of a Wells Fargo armored car crew outside a Kash n' Karry Store on the same highway in Zephyrhills. But, he said it was not certain that the same robbers were involved in both crimes.

Two suspects also were involved in the first robbery, which occurred as a guard approached his truck after leaving the store. A different getaway vehicle was used.

Police have declined to say how much money was taken in either robbery.