PORT CHARLOTTE — Authorities are looking for a Port Charlotte man who allegedly ripped a gold necklace off the neck of a 71-year-old man. The victim was doing yard work at his home on Pellam Boulevard when the suspect, later identified as Blake Scott Coker, 28, introduced himself and asked if he needed any work done, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. They worked out a deal, and when Coker came back in the evening to collect, he reportedly grabbed a gold chain with a cross on the victim’s neck and tore it off, then fled on foot.
Authorities are looking to charge Coker, whose last known address was on the 18000 block of Wayne Street in Port Charlotte, with strongarm robbery. He is known to frequent the North Port area and may be riding a black bicycle. Coker is white, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighs about 130 pounds and has tattoos on both arms. He was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap, white T-shirt with Sherwin-Williams on the front and blue sweatpants. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).
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