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Clerk too frightened to report armed robbery

(ran East edition)

A convenience store was robbed Saturday night, but authorities didn't learn about it until a witness came forward, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. The robber showed a clerk at Pat's Food Mart at 3525 Gall Blvd. a pistol tucked in his waistband and demanded "all the cash," the report said. The clerk complied, and the robber fled east toward U.S. 301. The witness, who was outside, grabbed a pistol from his van and chased the robber, the report said. The robber jumped a ditch and climbed into a light-colored semi-tractor, the report said, and the vehicle headed south. The witness said he tried to follow the vehicle in his van but couldn't find it. When a sheriff's deputy pulled in front of the store 30 minutes later on patrol, the report said, the witness came forward. The deputy asked the clerk why he didn't call 911, the report said, and the clerk said he was scared. Both witnesses, whose names were withheld in the report, described the robber as a 6-foot, 180-pound Hispanic man wearing a green shirt, with a blue jacket over his head and a peach fuzz mustache.

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