French tourist seeking change for $100 robbed at Palm Bay 7-Eleven

Police investigate robbery


PALM BAY, Fla. – Palm Bay police are searching for two men who robbed an unsuspecting French national seeking change for a $100 bill outside of a convenience store earlier this month, News 6 partner Florida Today reports.

Both of the men – including one who held the victim at gunpoint while he took his cash - may also have been suspects in another robbery, officials reported.

No arrests have been made.

The robbery happened July 11 at the 7-Eleven convenience store at 1925 Palm Bay Road after a man visiting from France attempted to make a purchase at the business.

“He had a $100 bill and the clerk told him they were unable to break it. In the store at the time was another man who was watching,” Mike Bandish, spokesman for the Palm Bay Police Department told Florida Today. "He was from France, visiting."

Another customer in the store at the time watched the customer's failed attempt to get change and apparently signaled to another man outside near the gas pumps. He then approached the victim and told him to see his friend outside the store for the change, records show.

The accomplice at the pump then pulled a gun on the victim and took the money.

Police arrived moments later, searched the area and gave the victim a victim’s rights brochure.

It was not immediately known if the store’s surveillance video system was able to capture the incident.

An investigation is ongoing.