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Masked man robs store. But it was no ordinary mask, cops say

Security camera captures store robbery

A man wearing a scuba mask robbed a Speedway store in Largo early Tuesday. Police officers who had been alerted by a silent alarm arrested the suspect, Geoffrey Chad Davis, 21, as he tried to make his getaway with a cart full of merchandise.
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A man wearing a scuba mask robbed a Speedway store in Largo early Tuesday. Police officers who had been alerted by a silent alarm arrested the suspect, Geoffrey Chad Davis, 21, as he tried to make his getaway with a cart full of merchandise.

A man wearing a scuba mask used a knife to commit an hour-long robbery at a Largo Speedway early Tuesday morning.

The Largo Police Department responded to a silent alarm around 1:22 a.m. at 2698 Roosevelt Blvd and witnessed a masked man in the act of robbery, according to a release. Officers observed Geoffrey Chad Davis, 31, armed with a knife and surrounded the store with on-duty patrol units and Tactical Apprehension and Control personnel.

However, Davis was unaware of the police presence outside the building. Police say Davis loaded a cart full of merchandise and exited the store about an hour after police arrived.

Police approached Davis after he was a “safe distance from the store,” police moved in. He reportedly tried to reenter the Speedway, but officers apprehended him with the help of the Largo K9 Unit before he could do so.

Davis suffered minor injuries and the two Speedway employees inside were unharmed. The case is under further investigation.

Davis faces charges for armed robbery and resisting an officer without violence. He is being held on bonds totaling $155,000.

Ryan Callihan: 941-745-7095, @RCCallihan

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