April 25, 2017

Blade bandit sought after CVS theft

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown suspect who stole more than $600 in razor blades from a CVS store last week.

Just before noon on Thursday, April 20, a heavyset black male walked into the CVS store, located at 14411 Palm Beach Boulevard.  He immediately headed towards the aisle where razor blades were housed and proceeded to fill up a handheld basket.  A store employee, who had a feeling that something was suspicious about the man, waited by the store’s front door, thinking the customer might try to flee with the merchandise.  The employees instincts were correct, and when he approached the door, the suspect pushed the employee before rushing out of the store and into a white Nissan with clear euro taillights, which was backed into the front handicap parking space.

The suspect is described as balding with black short hair on both sides of his head.  He walked with a limp and was wearing a grey t-shirt, khaki shorts, white socks and flip flops at the time of the theft.

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.  Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.

Note:  Surveillance video of the theft is attached to this release.

TR/176977