Santa Rosa sheriff’s deputies responded Thursday evening to an attempted robbery at the Family Dollar store in Navarre.
At approximately 8 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a 911 call in reference to a robbery at Family Dollar located at 6899 Navarre Parkway.
According to a sheriff’s office press release, the caller stated a black male wearing a black cap with a gray hoodie entered the store and approached the register. The suspect then demanded the cashier open the register and hand over the cash. Witnesses state the suspect had a bulge under his clothing which appeared to be the barrel of a handgun.
When the cashier explained the register couldn’t be opened, a second employee approached the front of the store and the suspect ran out empty-handed.
The suspect ran westbound toward an open lot. Deputies – along with a K-9 unit – were on scene within just a few minutes. The track was lost near an empty building, leading police to believe the suspect left in a vehicle.
This remains an open investigation.
The suspect was described as a black male, early 20s, 5’7” tall, 140 lbs., wearing a wool black cap, gray hoodie and black pants.
Anyone with information about this case and needing to remain anonymous may do so by contacting the Santa Rosa County Crime Stoppers Program at 850-437-STOP or www.p3tips.com.