Publix Supermarket in DeLand targeted by robbers

2 armed masked men demand cash from manager


DELAND, Fla. – A Publix supermarket in DeLand was targeted by robbers right before closing time Sunday night.

It happened at the Publix on Woodland Boulevard and police are still looking for the two men responsible.

Two men armed with guns and wearing masks came in demanding cash from the manager. They then got away in a black four-door car.

Tami Heaberlin shops at the Publix weekly.

"It's very scary because I'm here all the time," Heaberlin told Local 6. "You think of the nerve of people coming into an area like this that's very busy."

It's the third Publix robbery in March. Robbers have also targeted the Publix in Winter Park on Aloma Avenue and most recently a Publix in the Dr. Phillips area on Sand Lake Road.

Two more Publixes were robbed in Altamonte Springs and Lake Mary. The robbers tend to come around closing time and then demand a manager to a back office to fill up a bag of cash.

Local 6 did see a DeLand police car patrolling the parking lot, but some customers wonder if the store should have extra security inside the store.

"You hate to think you have to have extra security in your hometown store, but unfortunately I think we're coming to a time where that might have to be the case," said Heaberlin.

Pierre Whipple, another customer, agreed.

"People come to the grocery store to shop not to think about getting robbed, extra security wouldn't hurt," said Whipple.

Deland police aren't saying if they believe this robbery is connected to the other robberies in Orange and Seminole counties.

Investigators said they plan on releasing surveillance video once they finish interviewing witnesses.