Owner: Westside Convenience Store Robbed of $15,000

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An armed robber got away with a lot of cash Monday morning.

According to police reports, the owner of Tropical Food Mart on the 1100 Block of Cassat Avenue said at least $15,000 was taken during an armed robbery.

Police responded to the store at 10:25 a.m. The owner told police that minutes before, two men entered the convenience store and walked up to the counter.

One suspect waited inside the door as a look-out while another walked around the counter and pressed the muzzle of a black pistol into the bicep of the owner, police reports said. The owner said the suspect demanded that the owner open the register and the owner complied.

The owner said the suspects made him lay on the floor while they ran out of the store.

Police reports indicate more than $15,000 could have been stolen, and that a "grand total will be updated at a later time."

No one was hurt in the robbery.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Youth Art Contest

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