Robbers hit Fanning Springs Sunoco Monday morning

Published: Monday, February 1, 2010 at 10:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 1, 2010 at 10:47 a.m.

A clerk opening up a Fanning Springs business Monday morning was the victim of an apparent armed robbery.

Gilchrist County sheriff's Maj. Tony Smith said the 6:15 a.m. incident was captured on the store's surveillance cameras.

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The clerk opened the Sunoco at 7560 U.S. 19 just minutes before two men walked into the store, Smith said. The men reportedly gestured to indicate they had guns and demanded cash from the register.

The clerk responded by putting his hands up over his head and stepping back from the register as one man stood in front of the register while the other went behind the counter. Smith said the men left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

"The clerk did the right thing, and he is still alive," Smith said.

Images from surveillance cameras were being reviewed on Monday. Smith said the two men were similar in appearance.

"They were both white, about five-foot-eight and 28 to 34 years old," Smith said. "They were both wearing heavy brown coats, and they had medium builds. And they were wearing knit, baseball-style caps that can be rolled down over your face."

Smith said one man's face was completely covered while the other's was partially covered. Although the men's actions implied they had guns, no weapon was seen, according to Smith. The men reportedly walked away from the store.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office at (352) 463-3410.

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