Man disguised as painter robs Brandon Publix store

Surveillance image released by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

BRANDON, Fla. (WFLA) — Deputies say an armed man was disguised as a painter when he robbed a Brandon Publix grocery store on Monday morning. Construction crews have been working at the store which is located at 939 West Brandon Blvd.

Investigators say shoppers were inside the Publix when the robber entered at 8:20 a.m. He was wearing a painter’s outfit and a blue mask.

The robber went to the customer service counter and asked to speak to the manager. When the manager responded to the service counter, the robber demanded money from the safe. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money the robber took off in a silver Lexus, possibly a 2005 model.

Anyone with any information reference the suspect is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of this suspect and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at or send a mobile tip using our P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

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