Suspects that held up Brink’s truck in Port Charlotte were dressed as garbage collectors

The two suspects that held up a Brink’s truck in Charlotte County on Monday dressed as garbage collectors, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

This happened at the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Port Charlotte.

Witnesses say they had seen the two unidentified suspects loitering and seemingly picking up trash around the building, so they thought nothing of it. They dressed up in reflective vests, face masks and hats to pose as service workers.

Jimmy Hitt is one of those eyewitnesses and he may be the key to helping deputies track down the people who robbed a Brink’s truck driver outside the Walmart.

“I was walking in I heard yelling liked get down, get down, and I immediately walked over to it not really thinking anything in the next thing I know I had guns pointed at me,” Hitt said.

Hitt found himself in the middle of a dangerous crime scene on Monday afternoon.

“They just got the bag that he had brought out from Walmart.
The driver had a weapon. The one suspect removed the magazine out of his gun while he was down on the ground,” he said.

Then, authorities say, the two suspects held up the Brink’s truck driver at gunpoint in front of the Walmart.

The suspects left the scene on foot before speeding away in what sheriff’s deputies describe as a silver or gray sedan. The make and model of the car are unknown at this time.

People in the area say that they spotted the robbers right before the crime picking up trash, they wore reflective vests and covered up from head to toe.

Claudette Bennett is s Public Information Officer for the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. “The greatest disadvantage that we have right now is that the suspects were wearing masks,” Bennett said.

So, detectives may have to rely on accounts from the witnesses like Hitt.

He believes he may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. “The wrong place at the wrong time. I was OK until I got home and saw my kids when I realized what a dangerous situation I was in,” Hitt said.

No one was hurt but the sheriff’s office is hunting for these suspects in an effort to keep the community safe.

If you have any information about this case or about these suspects, you are being asked to call the Charlott County Sheriff’s Office at 941-639-0013.

Reporter:Erika Jackson
Writer:WINK News
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