Fern Park man orders 9 Starbucks drinks, robs baristas, police say

A Fern Park man was arrested Tuesday for robbing a Casselberry Starbucks in 2016, police said.

CASSELBERRY, Fla. — A Fern Park man was arrested Tuesday for robbing a Casselberry Starbucks in 2016, police said.

The robbery happened at 1:26 p.m. Sept. 14 at 168 State Road 436 in Casselberry, police said.

Starbucks baristas said Kenneth Mitchell Trent, 28, walked into the store and ordered a coffee. He sat at the store for a little bit and said he had just returned from the hospital, police said.

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Shortly after, Trent went back to the counter to order nine drinks and passed a note with the word “bomb” on it, police said.

Trent did not get any money because another barista walked up to the counter and Trent left the store, police said.

Officers tested blood found in the bathroom and the store for DNA evidence.

On May 18, 2017, Trent’s DNA matched to a state database, investigators said.

Trent was questioned over the phone in October 2017 and provided a number to his attorney, investigators said.

Phone records from T-mobile identified Trent’s phone number and traced him to the Starbucks at the time of the robbery as well to a Lyft driver who took Trent to the coffee shop, investigators said.

Probable cause was established to arrest Trent on Feb. 6 when he checked in with his probation officer.

Trent has a record of grand theft and larceny charges in Altamonte Springs and Oviedo, court records showed.