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Deputies: Man Tried to Rob Tattoo Parlour With Gun Made From 3 “D” Batteries

By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBS Tampa.com
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David J. Pereira Booking photo. (Photo credit: Hernando County Sheriff's Office)

David J. Pereira Booking photo. (Photo credit: Hernando County Sheriff’s Office)

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BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – David J. Pereira of Brooksville was arrested Saturday when he allegedly tried to rob Addiction Ink tattoo store with a hand-made gun made from 3 “D” size batteries, electrical tape, cardboard and furniture stuffing.

According to the Hernando Country Sheriff’s arrest affidavit obtained by CBS Tampa Pereira entered the “Addiction Ink” Tattoo store on Heley Street wearing sunglasses, a black hooded sweatshirt over a base-ball cap, carrying a weapon in his hand and demanded his sister’s money. After a fight broke out Pereira was separated from his “fake” weapon and held until law enforcement arrived and arrested him.

Corporal Wendy McGinnis, the Public Information Officer for Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, stated that “Deputies were unclear of what Pereira meant by his sister’s money.” She stated there were indications Pereira was “under the influence of an unknown substance”.

Despite the crude nature of the fake weapon all of the victims and witnesses said they believed Pereira had a gun or some type of Taser, according to arrest report.

Pereira has been charged with attempted robbery with a weapon. His court date is February 21, 2012 at 9:00am with Judge Merritt Jr. and until then will be held on $20,000.00 bond.

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