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Man used box cutter to rob convenience store, deputies say

Suspect charged with armed robbery, trespassing

Arthur Bell
Arthur Bell

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – A homeless man was taken into custody Friday evening after police said he robbed a Cumberland Farms convenience store on Merritt Island earlier that day.

Brevard County deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Cumberland Farms in the 1300 block of North Courtenay Parkway around 2:30 a.m., News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

A store clerk said Arthur Bell, 22, walked around the counter and whispered to her to give him the money from the register, according to police reports. 

She told Bell he wasn't allowed behind the counter and tried to push him away. She told police Bell was holding a box cutter.

That's when he flashed a gun he was holding in the pocket of his hoodie, according to reports. 

The clerk said she backed away and let Bell take the money from the register. Bell stole about $180 to $200, according to police.

Bell fled on foot southwest, but a deputy K-9 tracked Bell's scent to Jordan Road. He was picked up in the 1100 block of Jordan Road about 7:40 p.m. after a caller told police he was at the Tropical Manor Apartments.

On top of an armed robbery charge, Bell also was charged with two counts of trespassing.

Bell is being held at the Brevard County Jail on a $101,000 bond.