Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Cab Driver Robbed at Gunpoint; Man Arrested

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Cab Driver Robbed at Gunpoint; Man Arrested

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

A cab driver who told two passengers they had to pay before they got out was robbed Feb. 22 outside an apartment complex at 3820 Toledo Road.

One of the pair in the cab pointed a gun at the cabbie and stole $20 from him, then both fled.

Police arrested a 22-year-old man on a charge of armed robbery after officers tracked one of the two men who ran from the cab.

The 66-year-old cab driver picked up his fares in the 12000 block of Beach Boulevard at 10:40 a.m. and took them to the Powers Avenue apartment complex 15 minutes later, police said. One of the two said he had to go upstairs, but the cab driver said he had to pay the fare first. That's when one of the two pulled out a gun, said "Give me the money" and snatched a $20 bill from the driver's hand, according to the police report.

The two men fled, the one with the gun telling the other to come with him. Police found the second man walking down Powers at 11:15 a.m. and arrested him after the cab driver confirmed he was the second passenger.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently on the Southside, according to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office:

Someone stole classic or rare edition books, including one signed by Theodore Roosevelt, Feb. 22 from the San Marco Bookstore at 1971 San Marco Blvd.

But thanks to an alert sent out by the store's owner to other used bookstores in the area, the seven books were recovered later that day when a man tried to sell them at the Chamblin Book Mine at 4551 Roosevelt Blvd. and was arrested, police said.

Police said a man in a tan overcoat walked into the San Marco Bookstore at 11 a.m. and talked with the owner about the weather before leaving. He returned at noon, then left again, just as the owner noticed that the door to a bookcase containing their rarest and most expensive books was ajar. A quick inventory showed seven books valued together at $3,000, including the signed autobiography of the former president and a copy of Aesop's Fables, were missing. …

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