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Female victim robbed of purse at gunpoint in Bealls parking lot in Venice

VENICE -- An adult female was robbed of her purse at gunpoint at 8:45 p.m. Thursday in the Bealls Department Store parking lot, 4251 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect was described as a 5-foot-7, thin-built male with brown hair and mustache wearing blue shirt and jeans driving an older gray minivan with dark tinted windows.

The victim exited her vehicle in the parking lot when the minivan pulled up and the driver got out and pulled a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded the female’s purse. Once she handed over her purse, the suspect got back into the van and drove west towards U.S. 41.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Section are investigating. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigations Section at 941-861-4900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), online at