Kangaroo on Palm Harbor Parkway Robbed at Gunpoint in Early Morning, Two Suspects Flee
FlaglerLive | August 4, 2016
The Kangaroo convenience store at 1201 Palm Harbor Parkway in Palm Coast was the target of an armed robbery by two men early this morning. They fled originally on foot with cash and cigarette cartons. It’s not known if they had a vehicle nearby.
According to a sheriff’s release, two suspects entered the convenience store at 1:20 a.m. One of the suspects held the clerk at gunpoint and took an undetermined amount of cash from the register as the other suspect took the cigarettes.
The clerk was not physically injured during the robbery, but at one point was ordered to get on the ground, face down, as the two men continued to rummage through the cash register and shelving.
A 150-second video distinctly shows the progression of the robbery, with one suspect wearing a hat and masking his face with a dark bandana walking the length of the area behind the counter a couple of times, a gun in one hand,a baseball bat on the other, before bringing a knapsack to the the cigarette stacks and rapidly emptying shelves into the bag. Meanwhile, the other suspect brings the store clerk into the frame of the video surveillance (the suspects never look at the camera or attempt to tamper with it), a gun to the clerk’s back, to gain access to the cash register. The clerk punches in a few digits. The cash register opens. The suspect takes out some cash, then orders the clerk to the ground.
In an odd gesture, just before the two suspects flee, the one who was at the register then bends down, placing his left hand on the clerk’s back–usually a reassuring gesture–and speaks a few words to him, then walks out. The clerk stays on the ground, begins to rise, one of the men reappears briefly, and the clerk puts his head back down. It’s not clear how long he stayed in that position after the video footage ends.
The suspects have been described as follows: A white male, unknown age, wearing dark colored clothing, a bandana covering his face and a ball cap. He was armed with a baseball bat and a dark colored semi-automatic handgun. And a black male, unknown age, wearing all dark clothing and a hoodie. He was armed with a dark colored semi-automatic handgun.
If anyone has any information about this robbery or any crime in Flagler County, they are urged to immediately contact the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office at (386) 313-4911. Callers can also remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at (888) 277-8477 (TIPS). Callers are eligible to receive a reward of up to $1,000.
The surveillance video is below.