Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefing; Police Search for 2 Stores' Robber Man Used Story, Gun to Get Cash

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefing; Police Search for 2 Stores' Robber Man Used Story, Gun to Get Cash

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

Police are searching for a man who held up two Mandarin stores in a week, both times claiming he had a gun and swearing that someone had taken his child hostage and was forcing him to commit the robberies.

The latest case was early Monday at the Winn-Dixie store at 11101 St. Augustine Road, when a man wearing a yellow, hooded raincoat robbed a 41-year-old cashier.

The cashier was at the front counter at 6:24 a.m. when the man walked in, asked for a pack of cigarettes and told her he had a gun and wanted money. The man said someone was holding his daughter hostage in a blue Toyota 4Runner and had forced him to rob the store. The cashier gave the man an undetermined amount of cash in the register, and he ran out. A police search of the area failed to turn up the man or the vehicle.

At11:50 a.m. June 3, a man walked into the General Nutrition Center at 11250 St. Augustine Road and told the cashier to hand over the cash. The robber acted as though he had a gun, police said, and told the cashier his child had been kidnapped and he needed money. He also gave the cashier a description of the 4Runner, police said.

Again, a police search of the area failed to turn up the man or truck.

-- A 19-year-old Southside man was arrested early Sunday on charges of carrying a concealed firearm and possession of marijuana after officers found the drug and weapon in his car at an apartment complex at 9439 San Jose Blvd., police said.

Officers were sent to the complex at 3:30 a.m. on a report of gunfire, only to find the man and others getting into a car near one of the apartment buildings. When police asked the men to get out of the car, one officer saw a six-pack of beer inside and what looked like a plastic bag of marijuana. A search uncovered a plastic bowl under a seat with more marijuana, and a .38-caliber handgun under an arm rest. After questioning, the man was arrested, police said.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in Mandarin, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office:

BURGLARY:

11800 block of Mountain Ash Road East -- Twenty DVD movies, a diamond ring and $156 in cash were stolen between 8 a. …

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