March 10, 2011

Attempted robbery at Big Pine convenience store

Big Pine Key – The clerk at the Big Pine Key Tom Thumb store reported a man tried to rob him at gunpoint in the early morning hours today.

The clerk told Deputy Chris Fraser he was filling a creamer container near the coffee pots at 3:45 a.m. when a man came in to the store armed with a handgun. The suspect demanded money. The clerk was in the process of opening the register to give the money to him when a newspaper delivery person pulled into the parking lot and the suspect fled.

The suspect reportedly had a thin build and was wearing a long sleeve dark shirt, long blue jean pants, gloves and had a hood over his head. He had a dark colored handgun.

Anyone with information about this case should call the Sheriff’s Office immediately. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS or tips can be submitted on line at

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