14-17 Radio Shack Would-Be Robber Turns Out To Be Store Employee
2/13/2014 1:13:41 PM
Contact: Rob Shaw
Feb. 13, 2014
Radio Shack Would-Be Robber Turns Out To Be Store Employee
(Mug shot attached, photos from the scene available on CPD Facebook page from
Clearwater Police detectives didn't have to look far to find the man who tried
to rob the Radio Shack at U.S. 19 and Sunset Point Road on Wednesday.
That's because the suspect, 20-year-old Andre Trevor Puskas, works there. And
he showed up for his shift a little more than six hours after the robbery
During the botched robbery, the ski mask-wearing, would-be robber used pepper
spray on an employee. He also tried to shoot her with a stun gun but ended
shooting himself in the hand.
"He didn't plan this very well, nor was he prepared for the unknowns," said
John Brown, a Clearwater Police robbery detective.
The suspect entered the store a little after 9:30 a.m. and showed the victim
that he had a stun gun tucked in his waistband. She dropped to the floor, but
when she moved, he sprayed her in the eyes with pepper spray. She got up and
ran out the front door to an adjacent business. She felt the stun gun pressed
against her back as she tried to get away, but it apparently misfired and got
the suspect's hand instead.
Puskas tried to get out the back door, but it was locked and he didn't have a
key for it. So he, too, had to run out the front door and ran around to the
rear of the store, where he dumped his navy blue ski mask in a Dumpster there.
The store employee thought it was strange that the suspect never said a word
to her, almost like he did not want her to hear his voice. She also took note
of his large physical description - 6 feet 2 inches tall and 280 pounds.
"A 6-foot-2, 280-pound guy is not something you come across every day,"
Detective Brown said.
Detectives had a hunch they would find their man later when 4 o'clock rolled
around. The suspect was a few minutes late because of the rain, but showed up
dutifully for his shift.
"He walked in like nothing had happened," Detective Brown said.
Puskas later admitted to detectives that he tried to rob the store, where he
has worked just since October of last year. He said he needed money to pay for
car insurance and his cell phone bill. The stun gun and pepper spray also were
recovered in his car.
He remains held in the Pinellas County Jail on a count of attempted robbery on
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