Surveillance video leads to quick arrest after Port St. Lucie store robbed

Posted at 6:21 AM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-02 06:21:44-05

Good surveillance video and quick work by law enforcement helped catch a suspected armed robber in Port St. Lucie within an hour of the theft.

The incident happened Wednesday morning at the Met Mart on Airoso and Prima Vista boulevards.

Investigators said a man showed off what looked like a handgun concealed in a sock and got away with cash.


St. Lucie County deputies and Port St. Lucie police were on scene in minutes. 

Store security cameras captured the license plate of the suspect's car, which was parked at his home on SE Anchor Lane when detectives arrived.

"The camera system is good and that helps a lot. He took the money and luckily he didn't hurt me, and thank God for that,” said store manager Hemant Patel.

Robert George Hewitt, 21, is charged with armed robbery.

The sheriff said Hewitt was in the middle of shaving his head to change his appearance when detectives arrived at his house.