Thursday, March 23, 2017

Suspect sought in 3rd ‘Scream’ mask robbery

A man robbing a Circle K, wearing a 'Scream' mask.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is looking to the community for help regarding a suspect responsible for a string of robberies over the last several days.

A tall, slender male armed with a handgun and wearing gloves, a dark hoodie and a “Scream” mask entered the Circle K store at 12800 US 41 E in East Naples around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Detectives said the suspect entered the store and pointed a firearm at the clerk and demanded cash. As a customer pulled into the parking lot, the suspect ordered the clerk to the floor and hid behind a display until the customer entered.

The suspect then secured the clerk and customer in the bathroom and left the store.

Surveillance video of the robbery may be viewed here.

Detectives are linking this robbery to two others, each at a local restaurant, over the weekend. Both occurred while the businesses were closing for the night.

At around 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, the suspect entered Bamz Deli, 2464 Tamiami Trail E, as three employees were closing shop. The man entered through the unlocked front door, then locked the employees in the restroom before leaving.

Another similar robbery occurred 11 p.m. the next night, when the suspect forced his way into Salsa Brava, 10265 Tamiami Trail N. One of two employees still at the shop were leaving through the back door. Once inside, the suspect demanded money. One of the employees subsequently pushed him. The suspect then struck him with a closed fist and left through the back door.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239-252-9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.

Further updates will be provided when available at NaplesHerald.com.

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