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Attack at Pierside results in theft of cash

April 21, 2016
By John Morton ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

A female employee of Times Square's Pierside Grill, 1000 Estero Blvd., was attacked shortly after midnight today and robbed of the cash she was counting at closing time. The amount of money taken is unknown.

The assailant, who was recorded by a surveillance camera, is described as a white male of average height and build, wearing a black knit cap or ski mask, green camouflage pants and tan loafers without laces. He fled on foot.

According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, he approached his victim from behind, pulled back her hair, and demanded the cash at hand. He then struck her in the head with an unknown dark-colored object, sending her to the ground.

The business owner, who asked that his name not be used, reviewed the crime footage Thursday morning.

"It's not pretty," he said of the incident. "But my girl is OK. She's not injured."

He said his employee will be given time off to gather herself.

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"Her head will likely be screwed up for a while," the owner said.

Meanwhile, he said in his 33 years in the restaurant business, including the last 20 with the Pierside, he's never suffered a robbery.

Business neighbor and Town Council member Anita Cereceda, who runs the Pier Peddler which has been part of her family for 31 years, echoed that.

"I can't remember in all those years ever hearing a story like that," she said. "I certainly causes concern."

As a result, she said she'll direct her nighttime employees to be extra vigilant.

Law enforcement is asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. All callers remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.



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