Masked gunman left after finding no one to rob, Palm Bay police say

Surveillance video released in incident

Courtesy of Palm Bay Police Department, Florida Today
Courtesy of Palm Bay Police Department, Florida Today

PALM BAY, Fla.Police are on the lookout for a man captured on surveillance cameras around 2 a.m. Saturday walking into a Circle K store at 1900 Emerson Dr. in Palm Bay.

The man had a mask and a gun, and was visibly searching for store clerks, but could find no one to rob, according to Palm Bay police.

Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports that the man, carrying a gun in his right hand, checked the back for clerks and didn't see anyone. He then found the cash registers had been locked down.

He left the store after 17 seconds.

Both clerks happened to be in the south side of the building getting products out of a shed to restock shelves.

Police said the gunman parked in Jupiter Plaza, just behind the store on the north side.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Palm Bay Police Department at 321-952-3456.