Second Armed Robbery in 2 Days Hits Palm Coast Store, This Time at 7-11 Near Starbucks
FlaglerLive | January 23, 2015
For the second time in two days, a prominent Palm Coast store was the target of an armed robbery, and the robber got away. Thursday evening’s robbery took place at the Mobil station and 7-11 convenience store on Palm Coast Parkway, near Starbucks and Old Kings Road. No one was hurt. The robber escaped with about $94 in cash.
Wednesday evening, the Publix store at Town Center, on Belle Terre Parkway, was the target of an armed robber near closing time, just before 10 p.m. No one was hurt in that robbery, and the amount of money the robber got away with was not disclosed by police or the store manager.
The Flagler County Sheriff was alerted to the 7-11 store robbery at 220-A Palm Coast Parkway just before midnight Thursday. (The 7-11 shares the same building as Smoothie King.) “When I received the call I was at the light on Old Kings Rd and Kings Way,” deputy George Bender reported, “I checked the immediate area as I responded to the scene and did not observe anyone fleeing from the scene.”
Bender met with the 22-year-old clerk, a resident of the nearby F-Section. She was “visibly shaken and was crying.” As she recalled the robbery, the clerk was sitting down “doing cycle counts when the door flung open with someone running inside with a pistol demanding the money in the drawer. She then opened the drawer to give him the money and as she was doing so he told her that time was ticking. The suspect had a brown plastic bag with him and the money was placed in there.” (The method contrasted with the Publix robbery, where the suspect was less coherent, claimed to be dying of AIDS as he passed a bag to the cashier for the money.)
Sandra Burtha, the manager of the 7-11 store, responded to the scene and retrieved the surveillance video, which she passed to deputies. According to a redacted incident report describing the video (the report is redacted because the incident is still under investigation), the suspect appears to be a male. He enters the store with a brown bag (the report redacts which door the suspect used: there is pone front door, but also a back door to the building.)
“His height could not be determined as he is crouched down as he comes through the door,” the incident report states. “As he began to run to the right toward the counter the suspect drops the plastic bag behind him as he gets to the counter. He then turns, [redacted] and picks up the bag with [redacted] and then puts the bag on the counter. When he turns around he exposed the back of his neck which appeared to be a [redacted]. He then opens the bag while pointing the handgun at [the store clerk] as she places the money in the bag. He then runs out the same door he came in and runs toward the Starbucks area.”
The suspect is wearing a black ski mask and what appears to be a bandana underneath that may have been blue, the report states. He was also wearing a solid black long sleeve shirt, black gloves, dark colored camouflage pants and black shoes.
Several deputies responded to the area and established a perimeter. A K-9 unit was also involved, but the search was fruitless.