Reward offered in slain store clerk case

Photographer: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
Photographer: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

BELLE GLADE, FL (WFLX) - The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is hoping a reward will help lead them to an arrest in the murder of a man who was a beloved grocery store owner and former bass fishing champion.

Jimmy McMillan was killed in an attempted armed robbery at his Alabama Georgia Grocery store.

On Tuesday, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw released the surveillance video and offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.

Dozens of signatures honored Jimmy McMillan on his grocery store door Tuesday. He may be gone, but he's not forgotten in the Belle Glade community, especially by people who worked at the local marina. "He was a great guy. Solid guy," friend and clerk at Slim's Fish Camp, Wayne Corbin said. "This is just a real shame."

Video and pictures of the suspect were released by Sheriff Bradshaw showing a masked man in a green and white plaid hooded sweatshirt.

When you listen to the video, you can hear the voice of the robber demanding money at the store. "Belle Glade is a small community where everybody knows each other," Sheriff Bradshaw said. "We're hoping that someone is going to say, 'Yeah I saw so-and-so wearing that,' or, 'I know so-and-so's voice.' That's the kind of information we need."

Another armed robbery Tuesday morning took place just a few blocks away from the Alabama Georgia Grocery store.

Three masked men entered Osvilda Jewelry and robbed the store. In the process, deputies say, one of the robbers tried to shoot the clerk, but the gun didn't fire.

This worried other clerks like Corbin. "This could happen to anyone standing in a store or anyone that handles money in this type of business," he said.

Sheriff Bradshaw said investigators are trying to figure out if the two armed robberies are related. "We've dedicated a tremendous amount of resources to the Glades," Sheriff Bradshaw said. "We're doing everything humanly possible. The fact of the matter is we can't put a deputy on every street corner 24-hours a day."

If you have any information, or recognize the man in the surveillance video, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

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