Friday, September 17, 2010

Deputies: Armed Robber Wore Halloween Mask

A man who robbed a Golden Gate convenience store wearing a Halloween mask and carrying a gun Sept. 8 was arrested Thursday, deputies said.

Michael J. Buckley, 23, 4536 Coral Palms Lane, Apt. 5, Golden Gate, was charged with robbery with a firearm and petty theft in connection with the armed robbery at BP/Kangaroo gas station, 6065 Pine Ridge Road.

Arrest reports gave this account of the robbery:

Buckley walked into the store around 11 p.m. carrying a handgun and wearing an “old man” mask, long sleeve mustard color hooded sweatshirt, light green shorts, and black and white Nike shoes. He approached a store clerk, who was making a purchase after her shift ended, from behind and demanded money. The clerk told deputies she felt a handgun pointed at her left rib.

Buckley then pointed the gun toward the other clerk and demanded money.

Buckley grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and fled in a silver four-door passenger vehicle.

The clerks told deputies that they feared the robber would shoot them. No one was injured during the robbery.

Further investigation by detectives linked Buckley to the vehicle used in the robbery, a 2004 silver Suzuki Forenza, which he owns.

On Thursday, deputies located Buckley at 5960 Green Blvd., Golden Gate. Deputies received permission from the homeowner to search the residence. Deputies found Buckley, who does not live at the residence, inside a bedroom. They also found a mask, sweatshirt and a 22-caliber handgun. The clothing, mask and gun matched the items worn or used during the robbery, reports said.

Deputies executed a search warrant at Buckley’s apartment at the Coral Palms complex late Thursday afternoon. The search turned up the shorts and shoes that Buckley wore during the robbery as well as three .22-caliber rounds and one spent .22-caliber casing inside Buckley’s bedroom, reports said.

Property recovered at 5960 Green Blvd.

Surveillance video image of the get-away car
2004 silver Suzuki Forenza registered to Buckley.

Buckley's vehicle.