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For Immediate Release
December 31, 2007
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420

SUSPECT IN ARMED ROBBERY SPREE ARRESTED


Tyler Pratt

         The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Fort Walton Beach man in connection with three armed robberies overnight. 23-year old Stuart Tyler Pratt of 119 NE Kiwi Place is accused of using a knife at three separate businesses in the county in an attempt to steal cash.

     The first armed robbery took place around 2:10 Monday morning at the Tom Thumb convenience store at 609 James Lee Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach. The clerk says a young white male approached the counter, produced a knife and demanded money. The clerk refused to hand any over and the man ran out.

     The second hold-up was about five minutes later at the Tom Thumb store located at 100 Miracle Strip Parkway in Mary Esther. The suspect got away with a small amount of cash.

      The third robbery occurred at 3:15 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, 543 North Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach.

       A short time later, a report came in of another robbery in the city of Fort Walton Beach. An Okaloosa Sheriff’s deputy spotted a car that matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle, a black P-T Cruiser, at the intersection of Beal Parkway and Mary Esther Cut-off and pulled it over. Another deputy who arrived recognized the driver, identified as Stuart Pratt, as the suspect captured in security camera footage taken from one of the businesses.  

       Deputies say Pratt blamed the crime spree on a crack cocaine addiction.

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