The Manatee County Sheriff's Office said Roger Crawford, 42, had only been out of jail for about a month when he walked into the convenience store April 6 and began stuffing items from coolers and shelves into his clothes, WFTS-TV, Tampa, reported Friday.
"Why are you watching me?" Crawford allegedly asked the clerk before making a gun-shape with his hand and pointing it at employees.
"I know you," he is quoted as telling the workers.
A deputy walked into the store right after Crawford left and chased the suspect when workers told him about the robbery.
Crawford fled on foot and was found hiding behind a shed about 150 yards from the store. He was arrested and charged with strong-armed robbery.