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Manager robbed on way to bank

A grocery store manager bound for the bank Tuesday morning was intercepted by a robber who seized a paper bag full of cash, then left with an accomplice on a red motorcycle.

Thomas Mauro, 36, varies the times when he takes money to the bank from the safe of the Food Lion store in the Mariner Crossings shopping center at Mariner and Northcliffe boulevards, police said. But someone was ready for him outside his store about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Before Mauro could even close the door of his car, a man with curly blond hair, and wearing a brown or maroon jacket, stuck a gun in his face.

"Give me the money or I'll blow your head off," the robber demanded, according to a sheriff's report. The man, described as white, about 25, 6 feet tall and 150 pounds, snatched the bag and ran south through the parking lot.

Mauro was not injured.

Shortly thereafter, the robber jumped onto the back of a motorcycle, possibly a Honda, driven by another man, said Sgt. Frank Bierwiler. Before sheriff's deputies arrived, they were gone.

The motorcycle driver was described as a white man with dark hair and a gray hat wearing a gray sweat shirt and dark jeans.

No arrests had been made by late Tuesday, according to Chief Deputy Don Shields.

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