Sarasota, Florida -- Officers are investigating an armed robbery that took place at Smoke Shop Sarasota/Cheap Smokes.

Sarasota Police officers say around 4 p.m. Friday, a man walked into the store located on North Tamiami Trail with a hammer demanding money.

Reportedly, the man then threw the hammer at the clerk, which hit the clerk on the shoulder, and then threatened the clerk with a gun.

The clerk jumped over the counter and ran out of the store. The man smashed the register and ran off with an unknown amount of money.

The suspect is described as:

  • A black male
  • 6'1, medium build
  • Short hair
  • Last seen wearing blue jeans, white shirt, unknown colored stripes and white tennis shoes

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sarasota Police Department at (941) 316-1199.
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