for immediate release
October 18, 2002

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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 www.sheriff-okaloosa.org. 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).

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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