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Pinellas Sheriff Accuses Transient of Robbing Man, 81

Adam C Garris | Pinellas Sheriff | Arrests

He stole an envelope containing cash, Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies said.

PINELLAS COUNTY – Sheriff’s deputies have accused a transient of robbing an 81-year-old man while he sat in the lobby of an optical store.

Adam C. Garris, 29, was charged with one count of robbery by sudden snatching. Garris was also charged with several unrelated felony charges and warrants: possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance and possession of credit/debit card, one count of burglary to a conveyance, one count grand theft, uttering forged bills/checks drafts, failure to appear in a grand theft, and failure to appear in a larceny of debit or credit card. Additional charges are pending, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The robbery happened about 2:40 p.m. May 22. Deputies said Donald Hardman went to the Optical Outlet, 3665 East Bay Drive, with his wife for an appointment. After waiting a short time, Hardman the Optical Outlet and walked across the street to the Sun Trust Bank where he made a cash withdrawal. He put an envelope containing the cash in his front left shirt pocket. Hardman returned to the Optical Outlet.

While Hardman was sitting in the lobby waiting for his wife to finish her appointment, deputies said a man entered the store and sat near him. At some point, the man snatched the envelope containing the cash from the front left shirt pocket of the victim and fled on foot.

Deputies said they were able to identify Garris with the help of an anonymous tip. They said he confessed to taking the money.

For information about the Pinellas sheriff, go to pcsoweb.com.

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Pinellas Sheriff Accuses Transient of Robbing Man, 81
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