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Detective search for Pilot gas station theft suspects in Punta Gorda

Posted at 2:05 PM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 14:05:24-04

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.  — Recognize these men? Charlotte County Sheriffs need the public's help in identifying these three males in these photos.
Police want to question them regarding a robbery that occurred at the Pilot Gas Station located at 26505 Jones Loop Road in Punta Gorda. The suspects arrived and departed in a white pickup truck.

The male in the long sleeve white hoodie sweatshirt went behind the counter and began loading cartons of Marlboro cigarettes into a large plastic garbage bag.

The male subject in the dark t-shirt grabbed the clerk, and placed his hand over her mouth, and advised her to “shut up and stay quiet”.

The employee was able to break free and all suspects exited the store.

The truck was last observed headed towards I-75.

The same suspects were observed on surveillance at the Walmart on Taylor Road about 15 minutes earlier, attempting to distract the cashier near the cigarette aisle. They were unsuccessful in this attempt.

Anyone with information on these incidents is encouraged to contact the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.