Charlotte County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit detectives are investigating an attempted robbery at the Shell/Circle-K station east of Punta Gorda this morning. CCSO received the call from the night clerk at 3:46 a.m. and responded to 6117 Duncan Road/US-17.

The clerk told deputies a man wearing a dark colored hooded sweat jacket came into the store and wanted to know where the safe was located; she said she couldn’t open it. The man then jumped over the counter and told her to go and stay in the bathroom. She waited a short time and peeked out to see the man in the refreshment machine area. At that time she fled the store and called CCSO on her cell phone. A customer pulled up to the gas pumps when the clerk exited and saw the man run out another door and fled into a wooded area behind the station.

 Deputies and detectives set up a perimeter and a K9 Unit tracked the suspect to the area of Somerset Drive west of the station and lost the trail. A BOLO was issued for a white male, approximately 130 pounds, 5-6 tall, wearing gloves, blue hoodie with one eyehole and blue jeans. He was also wearing a dark color jacket.

 If you have information about this attempted robbery, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101 or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).