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Fake money, parking lot scuffle are part of $90 heist
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Posted: 2013 Jan 04 - 06:58

By Samantha Joseph

Staff writer

JENSEN BEACH -- An attempt to do a good deed for a friend went horribly wrong for a local man in Jensen Beach, who ended up being the victim of an attempted robbery.

Deputies said the man was at the Walgreens store on Jensen Beach Boulevard when 28-year-old Arthur Curtis Anderjack asked him to borrow $20.

But when the man took out his money to give his friend the loan, Mr. Anderjack reportedly grabbed all the cash and made a run for it.

He snatched $90 before running into the parking lot and attempting to flee in a white Nissan.

But investigators said the victim caught up with Mr. Anderjack, struggled with him in the parking lot and took the keys to his car to prevent him from escaping, according to arrest documents.

They said Mr. Anderjack threw some bills on the ground to trick the victim into believing he had returned the money, but the notes were so obviously fake that the man continued to pursue him.

It was then that Mr. Anderjack's accomplice, Kristi Larkins, stepped in to help by attacking and punching the victim, according to arrest reports.

Deputy Alan Shevak responded to a call about a fight outside the store. He said he saw Mr. Anderjack driving out of the parking lot.

When the officer attempted a traffic stop, he said the driver ignored him and continued to travel until the dead end on Northeast Hilltop Street, where he eventually pulled into a driveway.

"While pulling into the driveway I observed the passenger throw out the window what appeared to be some type of papers," Deputy Shevak stated.

When officers recovered the paper they found it was four $20 and one $10 bill, the amount reported stolen.

They arrested Mr. Anderjack and Ms. Larkins.

Mr. Anderjack, of 2505 N.E. Indian River Drive, Unit 420, Jensen Beach, was charged with robbery by sudden snatching and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer. His bond was set at 60,000.

Ms. Larkins, 25, of 4102 S.W. Tuscol Road, Port St. Lucie, was charged with robbery by sudden snatching. She was held on $50,000 bond.

Both Mr. Anderjack and Ms. Larkins remained at the Martin County Jail at press time.

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