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Insurance salesman is robbed

An insurance salesman who was lost in south Brooksville asked the wrong people for directions _ and was robbed at gunpoint.

Lee Ross, a 28-year-old Trilby resident who works for Liberty National Insurance, was selling insurance and collecting premiums about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, according to a police report, which gave these further details:

While searching for Hendricks Street, Ross stopped on Brooksville Avenue to ask directions from two men waiting at a maroon Buick parked along the road.

The robber stood by the Buick. He apparently noticed insurance information in Ross' car, because he asked whether Ross was an insurance man.

"Yes," Ross replied.

"Give me your s---," the robber demanded, pulling a .38-caliber revolver from a pocket of his red and white jacket.

Ross didn't argue. He handed over a leather satchel containing computer printouts listing premium information, a blue bank bag with $500 to $600 cash and at least 20 personal checks made payable to Liberty National.

The robber, described as a white man with mustache, beard and light-brown collar-length straight hair, pocketed the revolver and got into the Buick. The men drove south on Brooksville Avenue. They still hadn't been found on Wednesday.

Ross was not injured during the incident. Shortly after the robbery, he reported it to a police officer at Taco Bell on Broad Street.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Brooksville Police Department at (904) 754-6800.