Riviera Beach store owner repels robbers with gunfire
By Dianna Cahn | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 17, 2008
Armed with guns and pointing one at the head of a store employee, the would-be robbers of a Riviera Beach convenience store appeared to have the upper hand on Wednesday morning.
But a store owner with his own weapon turned that around right quick, police said.
He walked out of the cooler at the Sunny Food Mart on Silver Beach Road, saw the robbery in progress, and fired a round at the suspects.
As the two men fled the store, the owner, whose name was not disclosed, ran after them.
The suspects hopped into a dark Nissan Altima with a covered tag, said Riviera Beach Police Sgt. Pat Galligan.
As they drove by, one of the suspects pointed his gun at the store owner, Galligan said. But the owner again took the upper hand, and fired four more shots at the moving car.
"It's not the first time we've had business people that break out weapons," Galligan said. "They are sick and tired of being victimized."
At the Sunny Food Mart, Galligan said this was not the first time the store was held up.
He recalled a robbery there over a year ago. He said this time, the owner was able to get a jump on the robbers. He was out of view when the suspects walked in, one with his face covered.
Police are viewing a surveillance tape and Galligan said the man whose face was not covered is easily viewed in the tape.