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Alachua man charged with armed robbery of Dollar General and burglary of RV One in Hague

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

ALACHUA, Fla. – Shawn Michael Spornhauer, 29, of Alachua, was arrested early this morning and charged in the armed robbery of the Dollar General in Hague on the evening of July 4 and a burglary at RV One in Hague a few hours later.

The Dollar General clerk reported that at 10:15 p.m. on July 4, a man entered the store and browsed until all the other customers had left. Then he approached the checkout counter, placed his items on the counter, and asked for cigarettes, which were stored behind the clerk. The clerk said that when he turned his back on the man, the man pulled from his shorts what appeared to be a small-caliber pistol and pointed it at the clerk, demanding all the money from the cash register. The clerk said that after he was unable to open the cash register, the man took all the merchandise from the counter, placed it in a bag, and left the store. The merchandise was valued at about $30.

Alachua Police Department posted an “Attempt to Identify” post on social media with photos from surveillance video at the Dollar General and received several anonymous phone calls identifying the man as Spornhauer. Spornhauer was located at his residence in the City of Alachua and arrested.

Spornhauer is also the suspect in a burglary at RV One, across US Hwy 441 from the Dollar General, just after midnight on July 5, in which a man entered the business through a door that is believed to have been unlocked at the time. The man then began to search through the business, reportedly took about $100 from a cash register, and attempted to open a safe but failed to do so. However, the safe’s keypad was damaged. The description of the man matched the description of the suspect in the Dollar General robbery.

Post Miranda, Spornhauer reportedly admitted to burglarizing RV One and said he took cash, a “couple” tablets, and a bag.

Spornhauer has been charged with robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and theft in the Dollar General case; he has been charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, possession of burglary tools, damage to property under $1,000, and petit theft in the RV One case. He is being held on $605,000 bail in the Dollar General case and on $195,000 bail in the RV One case.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • Umm, if you’re going to risk a criminal sentence for armed robbery, don’t you think a BANK would be more worth the risk? But then again, we’re dealing with people who are too dumb to set their alarms and show up for a day labor job on time. Not too bright.

  • The poor clerk just trying to make a living, having a gun put in their face. Very traumatic. But lazy selfish pig thugs & thieves never think about that.

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