Flagler County, Florida, United States, September 14, 2021 – On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) responded to a call about a possible armed robbery at the GameStop in Town Center. The suspect, later identified as Skyler Thomas (DOB: 10/15/2005) walked into GameStop, demanded all the money from the register, and threatened an employee with a firearm.
The Sheriff’s 911 Dispatch Center received a call from a GameStop employee advising she was uncomfortable with a customer who had a gun. She advised the customer stated, “I’m not going to hurt you, I just want the money in the register.” The reporting party advised the subject had shown her a gun before demanding money from the register and once she complied the subject left the store.
The Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) was monitoring cameras as the subject left the store and fled towards the eastside of the Town Center shopping plaza. The subject was described as a white male with short hair, blue eyes, cargo shorts, and a white tank top.
School Resource Deputies (SRD) at Flagler Palm Coast High School (FPCHS) heard the call over the radio about the robbery and acted quickly to secure the entrance and monitor the gate area while advising school administration. Upon exiting the front of the school, the SRD noticed a white male matching the description of the armed robber walking on the sidewalk in front of the school towards the open front gate. Contact was made with the subject by the SRD at the front gate and he was asked to get on the ground and show his hands. He complied and was secured. At this time, the subject was positively identified as Skyler Thomas (DOB: 10/15/2005), a student at FPCHS.
A search of the suspect was conducted and the firearm used in the robbery was not located. Thomas advised he threw the firearm off the bridge coming from Town Center to FPCHS and that the firearm was fake and stated he “wasn’t trying to hurt anyone.” A large sum of money was recovered in his right rear pocket and the firearm was recovered in a ditch in front of the Olive Garden restaurant. The firearm was confirmed to be a plastic replica handgun.
This is not Thomas’ first encounter with law enforcement. He was charged in 2019 by the Bunnell Police Department (BPD) for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon Without Intent to Kill and Conspiracy to Commit Capital Felony – Murder. He participated in a Residential Treatment Program with the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and was put on probation.
“This kid attempted an armed robbery in the middle of the day and thankfully no one was hurt,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “This kid is on his way to being a lifelong serious criminal. I hope the juvenile justice system can get him turned around before it’s too late and he spends his life in prison or he seriously hurts someone.”
Skyler Thomas was arrested and transported to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility without incident. He’s being charged with Armed Robbery, Petit Theft, and Violation of Probation and was turned over to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).
Update. September 18, 2021.
Thomas is not a regular student at FPC, he is enrolled in the Rise Up Program which is an alternative learning program offered by Flagler District Schools but located at the Flagler County Youth Center, which is located on the FPC campus.
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