INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The search is on for three suspects who deputies said robbed a local business while armed and while customers were still inside. Surveillance footage captured the incident.
Deputies said the men at 1:44 a.m. Dec. 9 went inside the Lets Play Arcade in the 900 block of 14th Lane. The first suspect had what appeared to be a revolver and the third suspect had a possible semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine.
The surveillance video shows a vehicle backing up in a parking space, and then three men hop out and run inside the business. The vehicle leaves as the men go inside.
The first two suspects run to the back of the store near the cash register while the third stayed in the front and pointed his weapon at customers. Customers are seen on video panicking; some had their hands up and others crawled to the floor.
One customer tried to run out the front door, but the third suspect quickly blocked her path.
The first suspect is seen going to the cash register and removing an undisclosed amount of money. He told the assistant manager, “Let me do what I gotta do,” deputies said.
The second suspect went to the back and rolled the arcade’s safe out the rear door.
The video below was provided by the Sheriff’s Office.
The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to identify the above three black male suspects. On December 9, 2017, at approximately 01:44 AM, the suspects entered the Let’s Play Arcade located at 974 14th Ln. Suspect #1 is brandishing what appears to be a revolver and suspect #3 is brandishing a possible semi-auto handgun with an extended magazine. Suspect #1 went directly to the cash register and removed an undisclosed amount of currency while telling the assistant manager, "Let me do what I gotta do". Suspect #2 went to the rear of the business and rolled the businesses safe out of the rear door. Suspect #3 kept his weapon on the customers in the business. There was also a fourth suspect driving a stolen gray Jeep Grand Cherokee FL/584MLY out of West Palm Beach. The vehicle was located, abandoned in a residential area in Vero Beach at 7:11 AM on December 9, 2017. Anyone with information about the identity of these subjects is asked to contact Detective Chris Cassinari of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. Those wishing to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward up to $1,000, can provide information through Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477 or www.tcwatch.org. Please refer to Indian River County Sheriff’s Office case number 2017-228684.
Posted by Indian River County Sheriff's Office on Friday, December 15, 2017
Deputies said there also was a fourth suspect who drove a gray Grand Jeep Cherokee that was stolen out of West Palm Beach. Law enforcement officials found the vehicle later that morning in an abandoned residential area in Vero Beach.
Anyone who knows the identity of the suspects should call Detective Chris Cassinari at 772-569-6700. Those who contact Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Crime Stoppers can be reached at 1-800-273-8477 or tcwatch.org.