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Sarasota police looking for women who tried to rob liquor store

SARASOTA -- Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are trying to identify three women who were caught on camera trying to steal several bottles of liquor.

The attempted robbery happened Jan. 11 at North Trail Liquors, 3428 Tamiami Trail.

"Two of the three women are seen on camera wrestling with the clerk before threatening her and spitting on her," a news release states. "The clerk is seen on camera jumping the counter with a wooden bat in an attempt to get the women out of the store."

"The first woman, who detectives believe is a lookout, is seen on video on her cell phone coming up to the counter and demanding to look at different bottles behind the counter," police said.

"Shortly afterwards, the next two women enter the store. The clerk told detectives she observed one of the women take and conceal a bottle of liquorin her purse. The clerk told detectives she believed the other woman also concealed a bottle of liquor in her purse. The clerk locked the front exitdoor prohibiting the two women from leaving the store," a news release states.

"The clerk attempted to stop the women at the front exit door and asked to look inside their purses. The clerk told the women she was calling the police.One of the women placed her purse on the counter and the clerk observed a bottle of vodka in plain view. The clerk attempted to remove the bottle ofvodka and the two women started to fight with the clerk.

"When the clerk went to call 911, one of the women picked up another bottle of vodka and threatened to hit her with it. At this point, the clerk grabbed awooden bat from behind the counter and took the bottle from the woman's hands. The clerk followed the two women out of an unlocked door on the other side of the store and one of the women spit on the clerk as they were exiting."

The women were last seen leaving the store in a gray, older model minivan with front end damage, heading northbound on North Tamiami Trail.

Anyone with information can call Detective Dan Riley at 941-954-7062 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at