for immediate release
October 18, 2002

N E W S   R E L E A S E

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating an Armed Robbery at a clothing store in Destin today (Friday). A white man, apparently in his 20's, displayed a small semi-automatic handgun and took cash from a clerk at "Ross Dress For Less," 4445 East Commons Drive, Destin, a few minutes after 9:30 this morning (Friday morning).

Nobody was injured in the holdup.

The robber was described as a white man in his 20's, with a long, pointed goatee, but otherwise clean-shaven. He appeared to have short strawberry blonde hair, but was wearing a blue baseball cap with an American flag on the front. He was also wearing a blue windbreaker and jeans, and carried a small blue duffel bag. He is believed to have left the store's parking lot westbound in a black or dark colored Toyota Camry or similar 4-door sedan. Witnesses believe the car is approximately a 1995 to 1998 model.

A security camera photograph of the robbery in progress may be viewed at the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office web site at Anybody with information about the robbery may contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office at (850) 651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS (850-863-8477).


for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420