Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

Deputies searching for man in attempted robbery


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SPRING HILL - The Hernando sheriff's office wants help identifying a man believed to have held a Cumberland Farms employee at gunpoint at the store early Sunday morning.

Just after 5 a.m. Sunday, at 5244 Mariner Boulevard, a man between 18 and 30 years old wearing blue jeans, a dark hoodie, and blue bandana over his face approached an employee with a firearm as the employee was unlocking the store, deputies said.

Once the door was open, the man tried to rob the employee, according to the sheriff's office.

The suspect fled the area in fear before the employee gave him money, according to the sheriff's office.

The employee was unharmed and nothing was taken from the store, deputies said. Several deputies and a K-9 team scoured the area thoroughly, but were unable to locate the suspect, the sheriff's office stated.

Anyone with information on the individual is asked to contact Detective Randy Williamson at (352) 754-3717.

Those who wish want to remain anonymous can call Hernando County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-990-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip via the internet at

Tipsters will remain anonymous and might be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 cash, according to the sheriff's office.

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