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Mall patrons, employees chase after burglar

Pinellas Park, Florida -- A burglar got more than he bargained for after he was confronted while trying to steal a cash register Thursday night.

Pinellas Park Police say 29-year-old Jett Jones snuck into the back of Edible Arrangements at the Shoppes at Park Place and hid on top of a freezer, where he waited about two hours for the store to close.

Thinking he was alone in the store, Jones allegedly came out of his hiding place shortly before 7:30 p.m. and cut the power cord to the cash register. That's when he was interrupted by a store employee who was returning from a late delivery.

Police say Jones grabbed the register and ran out of the store, but other employees and shopping center patrons followed in close pursuit.

At one point, the suspect pulled out a knife and threatened one of his pursuers.  Fearing for his safety, police say the pursuer backed away from Jones.

The suspect continued to run from the scene, eventually dumping the cash register and hiding behind a home on 67th Avenue North.

A police K-9 unit was called out, and a police dog eventually located Jones and dragged him to the ground by his arm.  Jones sustained two puncture wounds to his left arm as a result.

Investigators say Jones was carrying a folding knife and it is believed he had been wearing latex gloves that were found nearby.

Witnesses identified Jones as the suspect and he was arrested  on charges of armed robbery and armed burglary, with bail set at $100,000.

Investigators say Jones is an ex-employee at Edible Arrangements, although it's not clear when or why he no longer works there, except that was during 2013.

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