Jupiter police: Man buying cigarettes shows toy gun when asked for ID

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Mark J. Andersen

Asked to show identification while trying to get cigarettes at a Jupiter gas station Saturday morning, Mark J. Andersen II lifted his shirt and pointed to the black handgun tucked in the waistband of his shorts, town police said.

“This is my ID,” Andersen told the cashier, police said, before demanding all the money from the register.

The gun was not real, but the robbery was as Anderson stole approximately $500-$600 in cash and two cartons of cigarettes, according to a probable-cause arrest affidavit made public Monday. Officers tracked him later that night to the parking lot of a shopping plaza on in the 100 block of Center Street.

He was arrested on a charge of robbery with a weapon. He remained in custody at the Palm Beach County Jail Monday in lieu of $50,000 bail.

According to police, the robbery happened at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Shell gas station on Indiantown Road, just east of Military Trail. Police obtained video footage from a nearby animal hospital. The Shell cashier viewed the video and identified Andersen as the suspect.

During the investigation, a police informant told officers a younger man was staying at his house. The informant was shown Andersen’s photo and confirmed it was the same person, police said.

While in police custody, Andersen initially declined to talk and said he wanted a lawyer. When told he would be the only one charged with the crime, Andersen admitted to the robbery, police said.

Anderson then told the officer he used a plastic, toy gun and gave the location where it could be found, according to the affidavit. He also advised that drugs, purchased with money from the robbery, and the stolen cigarettes could be found in his car, police said.

 

 

 

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