Thomas Reis charged with grabbing chains, cross from Lake Worth store clerk's neck

LAKE WORTH, Fla. - A homeless man living in the Lake Worth area is in custody and charged with trying to rob a store clerk of her necklaces and cross pendant charm.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said that around 7:40 p.m. Sunday they were called to the Beer and Liquor 2 business for a robbery.

Deputies said that the clerk at the store told them that man, identified as Thomas Reis, came into the store the first time and did not buy anything.

According to the clerk, Reis came into the store a second time and bought a 12-ounce beer.

The clerk said that when Reis came in a third time he asked about candy and chips, at which point he reached for her neck and grabbed her two yellow gold chains and cross pendant.

Investigators said the clerk was pulled out of the store by Reis but able to retrieve the broken chains.  However, her cross pendant is still missing.

A person shopping at Publix in the Town and Country Plaza on Lake Worth Road heard the clerk scream and chased Reis down along.  Others in the area also helped to detain him until authorities arrived.

Reis was arrested by PBSO and booked into the Palm Beach Jail on robbery and trespassing charges.

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