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SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING ROBBERY AT LANDSCAPING BUSINESS
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery Monday morning at a landscaping business near DeLand.
An employee at Mikell’s Landscaping Products on West New York Avenue west of DeLand said two men in a pickup truck came to the business at about 9:35 a.m. to rob the place. One suspect stayed in the truck, while the other came into the business armed with a gun and demanded money. With the firearm pointed in his direction, the employee complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of money from the cash box. The suspect, dressed in black pants and a black hoodie and wearing a mask to conceal his face, bolted out of the store and jumped into the truck, which then fled westbound on New York Avenue towards Lake County.
No shots were fired and no one was injured during the robbery. The truck was described as a 2-door Ford, light tan or brown and with a grille bumper. The truck is believed to be a 1980s or 1990s model. Patrol deputies along with assistance from a Sheriff’s Office helicopter mounted a search for the getaway vehicle, but were unable to locate it. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida, toll-free, at (888) 277-TIPS. Information also can be submitted by downloading the smartphone app from the Crime Stoppers web site (http://www.westopcrime.com/). Callers to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and can qualify for a reward of up to $5,000.
Administrative offices: West Volusia 386-736-5961 Daytona Beach 386-254-4689 New Smyrna Beach 386-423-3352
Non-emergency dispatch numbers: DeLand 386-943-8276 Daytona Beach 386-239-8276 New Smyrna Beach 386-409-8276 Osteen 407-323-0151