Man Pulls Knife On Store Clerk At Dollar Tree In West Melbourne

A sketch of a suspect who tried to rob the Dollar Tree store in West Melbourne.
A sketch of a suspect who tried to rob the Dollar Tree store in West Melbourne. Photo courtesy of West Melbourne Police Department.

WEST MELBOURNE, Florida – Police are looking for a robbery suspect who entered the Dollar Tree store on Palm Bay Road and demanded cash after presenting a knife, authorities said.

West Melbourne police released a sketch of who they’re looking for.

The unidentified suspect walked into the store Friday and pulled out a knife and demanded money when the clerk opened the register.

However, the clerk slammed the register shut and refused.

“The suspect took a grape soda from the cooler and went to pay with two dollars. When the cashier opened the register drawer, the male pulled a knife and demanded all the paper money from the register. The store clerk refused to comply, closed the register, and told the manager to call the police,” said Captain Richard Cordeau, Public Information Office of the West Melbourne Police Department.

According to police, the suspect fled from the store after getting onto a bicycle and leaving south through the parking lot.

A composite of the suspect was completed and is being distributed to the public.

The suspect is described as a black male, medium build, with no facial hair, wearing black jeans and black shirt. The suspect has a small scar on the right side of his face above his lip.

If you have any information as to who this suspect may be, please contact Detective Kimberly Weeks with the West Melbourne Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, at 321-723-9673 or 321-952-6371. You can remain anonymous.

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