GameStop, the shop alongside the Target procuring heart adjoining to Kay Jewelers on one aspect and Payless Shoesource and Bath & Body Works on the opposite, was the goal of a theft–presumably an armed theft–shortly after 11 this morning. The Sheriff’s Office issued an alert urging residents to keep away from the world.
The incident drew a heavy regulation enforcement response to the world. The assailant, a white male, didn’t get far: he was apprehended and positioned below arrest in a matter of minutes after the theft, and a Sheriff’s spokesperson stated the neighborhood was not at risk.
The incident was reported from inside the retailer–the world’s largest online game and electronics retailer with almost 5,000 shops worldwide and $5 billion in income final 12 months–when the person, believed to attend a youth restoration program, confirmed his gun, or what appeared to be a gun, to somebody within the retailer and stated he needed the cash within the register. A retailer worker complied. The man took the cash and left, heading towards Flagler Palm Coast High School, in accordance to a sheriff’s spokesperson. Authorities knowledgeable the college.
The assailant then discarded the gun, which turned out to be a duplicate. He was apprehended quickly after that not removed from the scene of the theft, within the space of the bridge by Olive Garden, the place police had converged. The stolen cash was recovered. Whether a gun is a pretend or an precise firearm, below Florida regulation, a theft is prosecuted as an armed theft both manner, because the victims of the theft are usually not conscious of the character of weapon.
The incident was resolved too quickly for any want of alerts to ripple by means of FPC’s campus. The district’s chief spokesman had not been made conscious of the police scenario close by.
At least one retailer close by to the GameShop closed till knowledgeable it was secure to reopen. By 12:35 p.m., the crime scene close to the place the gun was recovered was dismantled.