COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Naples Police are searching for the suspect accused of an armed robbery at Tin City last night.
Officers were dispatched to M&M Café just after 9:30 p.m.
A witness described seeing three individuals smash out a glass door on the west side of the property from the inside and exit the Tin City building. The subjects were seen entering a white four-door VW and leaving the scene at a high rate of speed.
Collier County Sheriff's deputies said they had the white VW stopped with three individuals matching the information given to police officers on scene. Deputies were able to obtain information from the three individuals in the car, who identified themselves as employees of the M&M Café, who claimed to be victims of an armed robbery while closing the business.
The victims said that a man was knocking on the rear entrance to the business repeatedly, trying to get the employees to let him in. The employees called the manager of the Café who advised them not to open the door unless they knew the person. The employee told the manager that the man on the other side of the door identified himself as “Steven”. The manger thought it was a former employee advised the employee that it would be OK to open the door.
The employee opened the door and a male wearing a mask, grey hooded shirt, tan pants, and black gloves showed him a handgun. Surveillance footage from the business shows the masked subject entering the business and going to a known area where the nightly money bag is kept.
At this time, the male and two female employees ran from the business towards the west side of Tin City looking for an exit. The male found a locked door, unable to open it, he smashed the glass from the inside and the three employees exited the building. All three got in to the white VW and left the scene.
Naples Police with the assistance of CCSO set up a perimeter in the area surrounding Tin City. CCSO K9 teams along with Air One conducted a search of the area, but were unable to locate any individual(s) matching the description of the suspect. All victims/witnesses were taken to Naples Police Department and completed sworn statements as to the events.
If you have any information about this crime, you are asked to call SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.