Man waving baton robs DeLand auto parts store of two light bulbs
September 15, 2020
Patricio G. Balona | The Daytona Beach News-Journal
DeLand police said Monday they need help finding the getaway car and the suspects who robbed an auto parts store using a baton over the weekend.
Around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, one of two suspects who escaped in a Volvo used a baton to rob the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts located at 579 E. ISB, said DeLand police spokesman Officer Luis Vazquez.
An employee behind the cash register reported seeing two men enter the store, police said, and they walked around different aisles before one of them made a purchase and left.
The second suspect remained in the store, walked down an aisle and grabbed two light bulbs valued at over $100. The man hid the light bulbs inside the rear of his pants, Vazquez said.
The store employee told the suspect to return the items, at which time the suspect took a black baton out of his pants, waved it and told the employee that this was his “protection weapon,” police said.
The suspect exited the store, entered a Volvo occupied by the other suspect and they drove away, police said.
Police need the public’s help with any information about the owner of the dark Volvo or any other information that can help them make an arrest, police said.