BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Hunter Kaleb Burton, 23, was arrested late last night after allegedly demanding money from a Publix cashier while displaying a gun.
A Gainesville Police Department Officer responded to the Publix at 3930 SW Archer Road at 9:56 p.m. last night following a report of a robbery. Employees at the store told the officer that the man had been in the store for over an hour before approaching a cashier and demanding two cash register trays from him. The man reportedly lifted his shirt to show the cashier his holstered firearm in his waistband.
The cashier gave the man one tray containing $661.00 and a second tray containing $1,029.07 in cash and $48 in postage stamps. The man then reportedly took the two trays out to his truck.
Officers used video footage to identify the truck as a silver Dodge Ram, and patrol units began looking for the truck. A truck matching the description was found in a nearby CVS parking lot, and officers made contact with Burton as he walked out to the truck. During the conversation, Burton reportedly stated that he was armed, and a loaded firearm was subsequently found in his waistband. Officers also reportedly saw a hat in the truck matching the description given by Publix employees, along with two cash register trays.
Post Miranda, Burton reportedly said he took the money because he needed to keep a roof over his head and that he had gone to CVS to pay his rent with the cash he had taken from Publix.
Burton has been charged with armed robbery and grand theft and remains in the Alachua County Jail. Burton has no local criminal history; bail information is unavailable on weekends.
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