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Tuesday, July 05, 2022

A Gainesville man was arrested in connection with the robbery of a local Walgreens Monday afternoon.

At about 2:35 p.m., the man walked up to the Walgreens counter at 1170 E. University Ave. and demanded money from the cashier.

According to the Gainesville Police Department arrest report, Hines told the woman at the counter that he had "nothing to lose."

He then showed the woman a black object in the waistband of his pants, the report stated.

Believing that this object was the handle of a gun, the cashier told officials she was scared and handed him $100 in cash, the report stated. The report did not specify if the money came from the register.

According to the report, the man was identified as Curtis Hines, 33, by a Walgreens surveillance photograph.

Hines was arrested at 12:49 a.m. Tuesday, the report stated. Records show he was recently released from the Department of Corrections on aggravated battery charges.

Hines told officials that while he did not actually have a weapon, he wanted the cashier to think he was carrying one. The report did not mention if Hines was actually carrying a weapon.

Hines was charged with armed robbery with a firearm or other deadly weapon.

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