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Food robber takes all but the bread

The gunman may have thought he was stealing Arby's night deposit when he made off with an employee's dinner.

By Times Staff Writer
Published October 28, 2003

BROOKSVILLE - The Brooksville Police Department is looking for an unidentified man who pointed a handgun at an Arby's employee and made off with his dinner - $4 worth of chicken fingers and chicken sandwiches, authorities said.

The suspect apparently thought that the bag the victim was carrying contained the night's deposit, according to Brooksville police Chief Ed Tincher.

The robbery occurred about 11 p.m. Sunday when a 31-year-old employee left the fast-food restaurant holding a small bag.

As the man, whose name is being withheld by authorities due to the nature of the crime, walked out the back door of the business on 843 S Broad St., an unidentified man approached him, Tincher said.

The suspect jumped from behind a trash bin and held a semiautomatic pistol to the man's head, then demanded what was in the bag, the report stated.

After the victim gave the robber the bag, he ran through the parking lot toward McDonald's, 845 S Broad St., where he called 911.

Police officers and the sheriff's canine unit responded but didn't find the suspect, who was described as 6 feet and 240 pounds.

He was last seen running north toward an automobile repair shop, the report said.

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