NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
January 8, 2009
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


     A man dressed in black and armed with a black handgun robbed the S-Mart convenience store in Shalimar around 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.

       The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating the armed hold-up and is asking anyone with information on the crime to contact the agency at 850-651-7400 or call Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS.

       The clerk says a black male, around 6' tall, entered the store at 85 4th Avenue in Shalimar wearing black pants and a black sweater. His face was wrapped with a black scarf and he was holding a handgun. He ordered the clerk to put money into a bag. The clerk complied and the man then left the store on foot. 

       Sheriff's deputies and the Shalimar Police Department canvassed the area immediately following the call. A K-9 unit tracked the suspect north on 8th Street to 6th Street, then west on 6th to between 6th and 7th Avenue before losing the scent.