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Attempted robbery at Murphy store

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By The Staff

When an employee at the Murphy gas station near the Wal-Mart Supercenter walked out of the store to use the restroom the afternoon of Dec. 20, a man came up behind her, wrapped one arm around her body and the other around her mouth, hard enough to break a couple of her front teeth, according to a sheriff’s report. The robber then pulled out what appeared to be a Taser gun and guided her to the cash register inside the store.

Once they got behind the register, he pushed her to the floor and told her to open the safe. While unsuccessfully trying to open the safe, a second suspected robber came in. Customers continued to pull up to the store and the men left without opening the safe or getting any cash, a report stated.

The first robber is described as a black male approximately 6 ft. tall, wearing black clothing and a stocking on his face. The second man is also black, between 5-ft. 8-in. to 5-ft. 11-in. tall, wearing a dark green hoodie, dark pants and a stocking on his face.

Robber gets cash and

cigarettes at Kwik King

When a newspaper carrier pulled up to the Kwik King at 6701 S.W. 200 about 2:40 a.m. Dec. 23, she noticed the front door was smashed out. A surveillance video showed that a man smashed the glass door with a large object 20 minutes earlier and took approximately $21 from the cash register.

The robber also took five cartons of Newport 100s and three cartons of Newport Kings, totaling $140, and 84 Florida Lottery tickets valued at $168. The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male with dark hair and mustache. He was wearing a blue jacket, jean shorts and black tennis shoes, according to a sheriff’s report.

Robber takes

gifts under tree

A real life grinch made his way to a Corridor home on Christmas Eve day and robbed the house of the gifts under the tree.

The men left their S.W. 58th Circle home in the morning hours of Christmas Eve. When they returned at approximately 7 p.m., the front door was unlocked. Inside, the roommates discovered the entire house had been ransacked and the wrapped presents under the tree were gone, according to a sheriff’s report.

Among the stolen Christmas presents was a Sony Playstation III with controllers and game valued at $400, two remote control cars worth $39 each, a $20 video game, and various Spongebob Squarepants toys worth $50.

Gun stolen

From truck

The last time he recalled seeing his Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol it was in his Ford F150 on Dec. 15. When he got into the truck on Dec. 22, the man noticed the rear sliding window lock was broken, according to a sheriff’s report.

After that discovery, the man checked under the front seat and realized his $1,200 gun was gone.

ATV stolen

From home

Sometime between 2 p.m. Dec. 26 and 9 a.m. Dec. 27 a 2006 black Honda four-wheeler was stolen from a small open building at the rear of a S.W. 12th Street residence, according to a sheriff’s report. The owner reported the ATV was worth $5,000.

Appliance parts pilfered

from unoccupied home

Though a neighbor did not investigate it, a resident on S.W. 77th Avenue thought it was usual that the blinds, which were normally open, were closed at the vacant house on the street.

But when a salesperson for Custom Homes Center was showing a prospective buyer the mobile home on Dec. 20, the employee found the rear glass door smashed out, according to a sheriff’s report. Four Whirlpool brand stove burners valued at $60 and the air conditioning thermostat worth $60 were missing.