For Immediate Release
September 11, 2008
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT NABBED
An armed robber picked the wrong date and time to attempt his third hold-up in the past two weeks. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Travis Robinson was inside the Fast Payday Loans at 700 North Eglin Parkway Thursday afternoon in an undercover capacity. Around 2:45, a man walked in to the business and up to the counter, pulled a knife on the clerk, and then demanded money.
Robinson ordered the man onto the floor but instead he ran from the building. He was captured after a brief foot chase.
The suspect is identified as 43-year old Robert Lee Smith Junior of 19 Southeast Chestnut Avenue, #30 in Fort Walton Beach.
Smith has also admitted to the armed robbery of the same business, Fast Payday Loans, back on August 28th, as well as the Cash 4 Checks store at 446 Racetrack Road on September 4th.
The money from today’s attempted heist was recovered from Smith’s front pants pocket.
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