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Suspect accused of sneaking inside car at Boynton Beach Walmart, holding shopper at gunpoint

Posted at 10:00 PM, Dec 19, 2018

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Boynton Beach police arrested a man they say sneaked into another man's car when he was returning a shopping cart and then forced the victim at gunpoint to drive to a bank and withdraw some cash.

The incident happened on Dec. 9 at a Walmart located on 3200 Old Boynton Rd.

The 51-year-old victim told police he feared for his safety and drove to a Bank of America on Congress Ave. where the suspect, 50-year-old Keith Allen Kalnas, forced him to withdraw the money. The suspect then walked away with the cash.

"I got lucky, nothing happened to me, I kept calm and did what he asked me to do," said the victim, who wished to not be identified.

He said he wasn’t going to call police at first, but he didn’t want this to happen to someone else.

Investigators were able to access surveillance video from several locations, identify the suspect and develop probable cause for his arrest.

"The holidays bring out the best in people, they also bring out the worst in people," said Stephanie Slater with the Boynton Beach Police Department.

The agency is reminding people to be extra careful, especially around the holidays. Slater said to check your car before you get in it and always to double check you lock your doors.

Kalnas was taken into custody Wednesday with assistance from the U.S. Marshals South Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, according to a news release.

He is charged with armed robbery and kidnapping.