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Update: Suspect has been arrested:Suspect leaves without stealing anything from store, but accosts woman in a nearby parking lot.
10/20/10 UPDATE: SUSPECT: SIDNEY L. STEPHENS DOB: 08/10/67 WAS ARRESTED FOR STRONG ARMED ROBBERY 1 CT. AND WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT.
HCSO detectives are asking for help in identifying this suspect who forced his way into a Handy Food Store around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. The clerk at the store, 13710 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, attempted to keep the suspect out. But the suspect shoved his way to the cash register. He couldn’t steal the cash drawer because it was tethered by too many cables and wires. He then ran from the store. About a minute later, the suspect stole a purse from a woman in a nearby apartment complex parking lot near Bruce B. Downs and Fletcher Avenue. No one was injured during this crime spree. The suspect is a black male, 30-49 years old, 5 foot 6 inches tall, and 150 lbs. He was last seen wearing a jeans shorts, a white T-shirt, a black baseball cap and white sneakers.
Anyone with information on this suspect can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200.