LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) – Pinellas County detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding a robbery suspect who was caught on video surveillance snatching an envelope full of cash from an elderly man.
The incident occurred at the Optical Outlet located at 3665 East Bay Drive in Largo.
Donald Hardman, 81, was waiting with his wife for an appointment and decided to make a trip to the ATM at the Sun Trust Bank across the street.
He withdrew $1,000 and said the money was for an extended vacation to see their great-granddaughter get married.
“There’s got to be a better way to make a living. If he gets caught, I’m sure it wasn’t worth going to jail for,” Hardman said.
He tucked the envelope in the front pocket of his shirt and the man returned to the eye doctor.
Hardman believes the man followed him from the bank.
While Hardman was waiting in the lobby, the suspect, a white man in his early twenties, is seen on surveillance footage sitting next to the Hardmans. Then, he moves quickly past the victim, snatching the envelope full of cash from his shirt before fleeing the establishment.
Hardman tried to run after the man but he wasn’t able to catch him.
Hardman said he and his wife live on fixed income and the money is a big loss.
Rachel Jewell, the manager of the store, said she feels horrible for the couple.
The unidentified suspect is described as a 6′ tall white man weighing approximately 170 pounds. He has a thin build, light hair and a light skin tone.
He was last seen wearing a light blue t-shirt, tan cargo shorts, black tennis shoes and black shin-high socks with a black and silver ball cap that may have a Chicago Bulls logo.
Anyone with information regarding this incident has been asked to contact Detective J. Upton of the Robbery/Homicide Unit at (727) 582-6200. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous and eligible for a reward should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org.
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