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CLEARWATER -- Most robbery suspects opt for a car, a bicycle or just their two legs for a quick getaway after a heist.

This man chose a skateboard.

On Wednesday evening at the Super Target at Clearwater Mall, a man made off with a 32-inch flat-screen TV on his skateboard.

He entered the store just before closing, around 11 p.m., and made his way to the electronic section. He chose a 32-inch-Element LCD TV and began to skateboard through parts of the store.

When store personnel confronted him near the store's exit, he brandished a utility knife and then ran out the door, TV and skateboard in his hand. Once he was outside the doors, he jumped on the skateboard and headed toward Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.

He last was seen zipping eastbound on the major street.

The suspect is described as:

  • A white male in his 20s with a thin build
  • About 5'11" and 150 lbs. H
  • He was wearing a black hoodie, dark jeans, green Nike shoes and had a black backpack
  • The make, model and year of the skateboard are unknown - but it was brown in color with orange-yellow wheels

"I've never seen anything like it," said John Brown, the robbery detective investigating the case. "He gets an A for creativity. But he committed a serious crime and we need to find him."

Anyone with information on the robbery suspect should call Clearwater Police at 562-4242.

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