The grocery store, located at 1075 Pasadena Ave. S., was open and fully staffed when a man described as a “white male in his early 20s and thin, wearing an orange shirt” climbed over the counter brandishing a pocket knife, according to Sergeant Spencer Gross of the Pinellas County Sheriffs Department.
“He entered the store and was in the store for about 10 minutes before he jumped the pharmacy counter,” Gross said. “He stole two bottles of prescription drugs and was holding a pocket knife in his hand.”
Gross said that there are no indications that he made any verbal threats.
“Once he obtained the prescription drugs, he jumped the counter and exited out of a fire exit.”
Police were immediately called and K9 units were on the scene, searching for the man in the orange shirt, black pants, sunglasses and black hat.
According to Gross, the suspect, who has yet to be identified, stole bottles of promethazine codeine syrup. Gross also stated that crimes such as this are not a trend or pattern in the area.
The suspect, who is still at large, would be facing armed robbery charges once arrested.
Below is a sampling of recent police calls and criminal activity in the Gabber‘s distribution area for the week of May 5.
Battery – 4/27, 5100 block of 11th Ave. S.
Stolen vehicle – 4/27, 5200 block of 12th Ave. S.
Missing person – 4/28, 900 block of 58th St. S.
Theft – 4/28, 5700 block of 26th Ave. S.
Vandalism/criminal mischief – 2700 block of 56th St. S.
Vandalism/criminal mischief – 5/1, 5300 block of 14th Ave. S.
Burglary (residence) – 5/1, 2600 block of 53rd St. S.
Burglary (vehicle) – 5/2, 6100 block of Gulfport Blvd. S.
Trespass – 5/2, 1600 block of 58th St. S.
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Vandalism/Criminal Mischief – 4/27, 6200 block of Gulf Blvd.
Theft – 4/28, 300 block of Corey Ave.
Trespass – 4/28, 600 block of Corey Ave.
Sexual battery – 4/29, address unavailable
Theft (grand) – 4/29, 2000 block of Pass-A-Grille Way
Burglary ( structure) – 4/29, 1500 block of Pass-A-Grille way
Theft (grand) – 4/30, 9500 block of Blind Pass Rd.
Burglary (vehicle) – 4/30, 6300 block of Third Palm Point St.
Traffic accident – 4/30, Gulf Blvd. and Gulf Winds Drive
Battery – 5/1, 6300 block of Gulf Blvd.
Trespass – 5/2, 6100 block of Gulf Blvd.
Battery – 5/2, 2800 block of Alton Drive