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Robbery suspect sought

By Staff | Sep 3, 2012

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who tried to hold up the 7-Eleven on Joel Boulevard shortly after midnight Monday.

The man demanded the cash in the register, telling the clerk at the store at 530 Joel boulevard that “he was a nice guy but owes a lot of people money,” according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

When the victim told him she could not give him the money, the man lifted his shirt to display a black handgun. The clerk then warned the gunman that she had pushed the silent panic alarm and he ran out of the store empty handed.

No one was injured.

A perimeter was set up. Several deputies, K9, and aviation units responded to the scene with negative results.

The suspect is described as a white male. He was wearing sunglasses, blue jeans, and a blue sweat shirt. He was last seen driving away in silver Ford Expedition.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Robbery Unit is continuing its investigation.

Anyone who may know the identity of the person responsible or has further information is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 477-1000 or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 dollars, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS(8477). Anonymous tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org, through the TipSubmit app on any iPhone or by texting CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.

Source: Lee County Sheriff’s Office