An armed robbery attempt at a Walgreens store in Weston, Florida, failed spectacularly after events did not turn out as expected for the thief.
The male suspect—whose identity is unknown as of writing—donned a red hoodie to hide his face from security cameras as he entered the Walgreens store located at 1751 Bonaventure Boulevard in Weston. The incident took place earlier this week on the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 4.
Footage shows the suspect grabbing some candy and ice cream, before making his way to the registers. Then as a Walgreen’s employee rang up his items, the thief pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the clerk—demanding for cash, according to a news release from the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
But the clerk’s reaction seemed to stump the armed thief. The clerk can be seen calmly standing in resistance as the gun was pointed directly at him.
“Possibly in disbelief, the armed robber made his demands again. The clerk remained unchanged. He didn’t speak. He didn’t move. He simply stared back at the armed man almost expressionless,” the sheriff’s office said.
The clerk’s reaction still remained unchanged after the demands.
According to police, the clerk did not speak or move at all during the incident and just stared back at the thief with an almost expressionless face. The identity of the Walgreen employee was also not revealed by police as of writing.
Gina Carter, the spokesperson for the sheriff’s office told Fox7 Miami that it’s usually better to comply with the robber’s demands, for safety purposes.
“Even this kind of quiet resistance is dangerous, but luckily for this clerk, it worked out in his favor,” she told WSVN.
The thief, who did not know what to do in the face of the quiet resistance then grabbed his shopping bag and fled the scene.
According to Fox7 Miami, deputies believe that the same suspect was seen in other similar robbery cases in the county area, including one at a Walgreen store in Pembroke Pines.
The suspect is described as a male in his 20’s with a dark complexion. He is approximately 5 ft. 9 in. tall and weighs about 150 pounds, according to police. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a red Columbia hoodie and a baseball cap.
Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO Det. Mark Copley at 954-321-4738 or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.