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Man accused of robbing gas station arrested after forgetting wallet, Brevard cops say

Deputies: Regular customer demanded $40 from clerk for 'personal reasons'

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A Brevard County man is behind bars Tuesday after deputies said he robbed a gas station.

Just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, Benjamin Shaw, 25, walked into the Circle K on State Road A1A in Cape Canaveral with one thing on his mind -- $40.

The convenience store's surveillance cameras rolled as Shaw, a regular customer, began to talk with the clerk.

According to Brevard County deputies, he repeatedly tried to bargain with the clerk, asking for $40 he apparently needed for personal reasons.

After those attempts failed, investigators said he offered his wallet in exchange for the money.

When the clerk denied that request, arrest documents show Shaw told the clerk he would come back with a gun.

The clerk immediately gave Shaw the $40, according to deputies, but he left without his wallet and driver's license.

Deputies found and arrested Shaw at his home nearby.

Cpl. Dave Jacobs with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said they were able to identify him because of the ID left behind in his wallet.

"You really don't see this very often, but thankfully the clerk thought ahead and was able to find a way to identify the suspect," said Jacobs.

Shaw is being held on a $50,500 bond at the Brevard County Jail.


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