Latest Walmart robbery similar to one near Thanksgiving

These stills from a surveillance video show a woman suspected of robbing the Walmart at 2649 NW 13th St. Wednesday night. Gainesville police describe her as a white female in her 40s with a raspy voice. The suspect was wearing a tan colored ball cap, olive colored jacket, blue jeans and calf-high boots. (Courtesy of GPD)

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 11:17 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 11:17 a.m.

A woman who indicated she had a gun got a clerk at a Gainesville Walmart to give her cash out of the register Wednesday night, police say, and then returned some of the money to the clerk.

No arrests have been made, and police say Wednesday’s robbery might be related to a similar case that happened the day after Thanksgiving.

Wednesday’s robbery happened about 6:31 p.m. in the garden center at the store at 2649 NW 13th St. when the culprit acted as if she was going to pay for items, the Gainesville Police Department reported.

After the clerk rang up the items, the culprit put her hand in her purse and told the clerk she had a gun. She asked for money out of the register. The clerk complied and also put the items the woman brought to the checkout into a bag.

Police said the culprit put some of the money in a napkin and gave it back to the clerk.

Officer Ben Tobias, GPD’s spokesman, said police believe the robber was trying to be nice in giving the clerk some of the money.

“She said something at one point to the clerk to not take it personally,” Tobias said. “Maybe she wanted to commit the robbery but didn’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings.”

The culprit walked out of the garden center and headed in a northwesterly direction, police said. She was described as white and in her 40s. She had a raspy voice and short, light brown or dirty blond hair. She wore a tan baseball cap and an olive jacket, blue jeans and calf-high black boots.

Police said the description fits that of a woman who robbed the Walmart Supercenter on Waldo Road the day after Thanksgiving.

“Looking at the pictures and talking to some of the witnesses, it seems like there are a lot of similarities,” Tobias said.

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