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Man charged with attempted robbery of Burger King

— A Sebring man already in jail on drug charges has been arrested in connection with the attempted robbery of the south Burger King in Sebring, according to a report released Friday.

George Richard Hicks III, 36, of 115 Sharon Drive, Sebring, was arrested by the Sebring Police Department and charged with attempted robbery with a deadly weapon. Hicks had previously been charged with possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug equipment, after Highlands County deputies executed a search warrant at his residence earlier in the week.

Hicks could face charges of robbery of Arby’s, which occurred Saturday, and the robbery of Dunkin’ Donuts, which occurred two weeks earlier. Sebring Police Cmndr. Steve Carr said the robberies are similar and if police gather enough probable cause to charge him in connection with those robberies, he will be charged, Carr said.

There’s also the burglary of Cash for Gold and the robbery of Dollar General. Both of those businesses are located outside the Sebring city limits.

As has been the case for several days, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office has not commented about the robberies.

“We’re not ready to comment about this,” said Nell Hays, public information officer for the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

The arrest report for Hicks said that about 6:40 p.m. on May 20, a male suspect entered Burger King wearing a gray hooded jacket.

“Once inside, the suspect approached the front counter and attempted to rob a store employee ... with a black folding knife,” the arrest report said. “The suspect brandished what was described as serrated edge folding pocket knife and told (the employee), ‘I want your money, don’t push the button or call the police’ and ‘I’ll kill you right here.’”

The report said, however, that Hicks fled the restaurant after another employee startled the suspect.

One witness said he saw Hicks outside in the parking of Burger King and one of the employees said she was 99 percent sure the attempted robber was Hicks, the report said.

Nearly two hours later, deputies investigated the burglary of Cash 4 Gold, 821 North U.S. 27, the report said.

A man wearing a gray hooded jacket was seen leaving the scene of the burglary in a Ford Taurus station wagon, the report said.

Later after determining Hicks was a suspect, investigators searched his Ford Taurus station wagon and found a black folding pocket knife and a gray hooded jacket, the report said.


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