Authorities search for armed robber in Sarasota

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SARASOTA - The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for assistance identifying an armed suspect who robbed a cashier at Beall’s Outlet on Bee Ridge Road Friday night.

Witnesses say a man walked into the store at 7:05 p.m., pointed a knife at salespeople and demanded cash from the register. He fled the store and left on a black bicycle. The suspect is a white male, 5’8” tall, 230 pounds with blonde hair.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Criminal Investigations at 941-861-4900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), or online at or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).