Woman threatens to rob store employee with stick, deputies say

acastillo@bradenton.comMay 16, 2014 

MANATEE -- A woman was charged with attempted robbery Friday after threatening a store employee with a gun that was later revealed to be a stick, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

At 5:20 p.m. Friday, 51-year-old Susan Yates walked into a Family Dollar at 9516 Cortez Road with a green sweater covering her head, deputies said. She walked up to the clerk and said, "Give me all your money, I have a gun, and don't hit the alarm button," according to a sheriff's report.

That's when, according to the report, Yates placed an open bag down on the counter. The clerk looked inside, saw only a stick and refused to give Yates any money.

Yates left the store, then returned to ask the clerk if she had seen her car keys, the report states. When the clerk said no, Yates fled on foot.

A sheriff's deputy tracked Yates, who was located by a police dog deep inside some heavy brush, according to the report.

Yates was taken into custody. Booking information for the suspect was not immediately available on the Manatee County Sheriff's Office website.

Amaris Castillo, Law Enforcement/Island Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. You can follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.

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