Florida Man Wearing Coronavirus Face Mask Robs Publix

Florida man wears homemade coronavirus facemask during Publix armed robbery.

ENGLEWOOD, Florida – A Florida man took advantage of the now commonplace wearing of face masks in public as a disguise in plain sight to rob a Publix supermarket in Englewood, Florida.

According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida man brandished a weapon and demanded money from a store clerk just before 6 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2020, at the Publix located at 1500 Placida Road.

The suspect then walked out of Publix in an unknown direction.

Investigators say that the suspect is thought to be in his mid 50’s, wearing a ball cap, black sunglasses, a white makeshift face mask, grey sleeveless shirt with “Livin The Life” beach scene on the back, dark grey shorts just above the knees, a yellow in color wristwatch on the left wrist and dark-colored ankle-high slip-on shoes with possibly an Asian or Latino accent.

No one was injured during the robbery.

If you have any information regarding this crime or suspect, authorities ask that you please call the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office at 941-639-0013, or call SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS and remain anonymous and a possible cash reward.