January 03, 2013

Zachariah Howard - Jailed After Failing To Successfully Rob Convenience Store, Calling His Mother For A Ride Home

Niceville, Florida (The Weekly Vice) - Zachariah Dalton Howard, a 22-year-old Niceville man was jailed Saturday after he allegedly tried to rob a convenience store, then called his mother for a ride home.

According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Howard reportedly walked into the 'Thumbs Up' convenience store around 10:00 p.m., told the clerk he had a gun, and demanded money.

The robbery attempt went bust when the clerk opened the cash drawer and showed Howard that it didn't contain any money.

Investigators say Howard fled the scene and went to a nearby grocery store where he called his mother and asked her for a ride home.

Howard was identified as the would-be robber and taken into custody a short time later.

During an interview with detectives, Howard stated that he did not originally intend to rob the store, but decided to commit the robbery when he arrived at the store.

Officers determined that Howard did not have a gun with him at the time of the robbery attempt.

He was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail and charged with robbery without a weapon or firearm. His bond was set at $15,000.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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