Cops: Winn-Dixie robbed; men later toss loot

Posted at 1:42 PM, Dec 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-02 13:42:32-05

Police in Sebastian said two men from Orlando robbed a Winn-Dixie Tuesday night but later started tossing the stolen money from their getaway truck.

At about 9:55 p.m., officers with the Sebastian Police Department responded to the robbery at a store located at 995 Sebastian Blvd. 

Police said a man armed with handgun and concealing his face entered the store and forced the employees, and at least one customer, into an office at gunpoint. 

The robber then demanded the employees fill his backpack with money. 

With an undisclosed amount of cash, police said he fled the store and was picked up in the parking lot by an accomplice in a gold-colored truck. 

Witnesses were able to provide officers with a description of the truck that the robbers used to escape.

Police said they were able to locate a truck matching the description provided by the witnesses.  While pursuing the vehicle, police said the occupants began throwing stacks of money out of the car window. 

After a short pursuit, the suspects, identified as Brian Keith Smith, 40 and David Cornelius Holder, 24, both of Orlando, Fla., were apprehended without further incident.

The men were arrested and face charges of robbery with a firearm, grand theft, false imprisonment and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.

Both men were taken to the Indian River County Jail.  No one was injured during the incident.

Winn-Dixie released the following statement Wednesday regarding the robbery:

“The safety of our customers and associates is our highest priority. We are grateful that no one was injured in this incident.  We are fully cooperating with local law enforcement in their investigation and appreciate their timely response and heroic efforts.”