Vanguard student robs store at gunpoint, needed money for cap and gown

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Clarence Cobarris

A Vanguard High School senior was arrested Thursday and charged with Armed Robbery.

Clarence Sylvester Cobarris, 18, was arrested by an Ocala Police Department detective, at 605 Northeast 27th Street, Ocala, at 1:41 a.m.

Police say they responded to the Kangaroo Gas Station, located at 909 Northeast 28th Street, after a store clerk called 911 and reported the robbery.

The store clerk told police that a black man wearing a black and gray hooded sweatshirt and an orange mask entered the store with a silver handgun and backpack.

The clerk said the man placed the backpack on the counter, pointed the gun at her, and told her to “put the money in the bag”. The clerk put $35.99 in the bag, along with a GPS tracking device.

Cobarris then fled the store.

Investigators tracked the GPS to the area of Northeast 27th Street and Northeast 6th Avenue. There, an OPD officer saw Cobarris standing near a garbage can on the north side of the road.

Cobarris saw the officer and attempted to walk toward an occupied vehicle, which was waiting with the passenger door open.

The officer then moved in on the four suspects and ordered them all on the ground.

During a “pat-down”, Cobarris was found to be in possession of the handgun used during the robbery. Additionally, Cobarris was in possession of the GPS device and some of the money that had been stolen.

Detectives said they also found clothing in the trash can where Cobarris had been standing. The clothing matched the description of the clothing warn by the robbery suspect.

At first, Cobarris told investigators that he was walking from home when he found the money on the side of the road. He denied knowing anything about the robbery, but said he knew of three juveniles who were planning to rob the store. However, Cobarris gave himself away when he inadvertently described the clothing the robber was wearing.

According to OPD, Cobarris later told them that he needed the money for his graduation cap and gown.

Cobarris is being held at the Marion County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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  • Charlie

    Instead of putting all that energy into a robbery maybe that energy would have been put to better use. I thought Vanguard was such a good school. This guy is an idiot about to graduate.

  • keith

    How many years in prison do you get for $35.99? How many hours making minimum wage would it take to earn $35.99? Trying to make a quick buck is not how you get anywhere in life.

  • HilleryLostHAHAHAHA

    Twelve years of schooling and he’s still a moron…Maybe if he goes to college (after he gets out of prison) he can learn Embezzlement 101 and how not to get away with that too…

  • Michael Whitlock

    Get a job deadbeat. EARN the money.

  • Ocala native

    THIS IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF AN UP AND COMING DAN.

  • urchittingme

    I’m actually surprised that there isn’t a entitlement program that pays for this….I mowed yards to get money for mine, But that was back when people were actually held responsible for what they did…what a dumb ass

  • Tylar Cerrod

    I feel for the young brother but your diplama is all that matter, especially if you like the only way to pay for your cap and gown is to resort to extreme measures. It’s wasnt worth it bro.

    • Ocala native

      You seriously feel for this guy? This is the most lame excuse for stealing I think Ive ever heard. I would really like to see his parents whip his ass till he couldn’t stand any longer then a few more just to make sure they got there point across. Don’t get me wrong here he still needs to hang out in the state prison just to pay for his crime.