St. Petersburg Police arrest a man wanted for a string of robberies

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - St. Petersburg Police have arrested one of the two men wanted for a string of convenience store robberies.

On Thursday afternoon, detectives took 20-year-old Anthony Wayne Beauford into custody near the intersection of 22nd Avenue South and 34th Street.

Police have charged Beauford with Wednesday's robbery of the Sunoco Station at 6800 4th Street North.   Detectives say forensic evidence left at the scene linked him to the crime.

On surveillance video released Wednesday, detectives say Beauford was the unarmed suspect dressed in the black hooded sweatshirt who went behind the counter.

Detectives are still seeking help to identify a second suspect.  The man, wearing the Pinellas Park sweatshirt, is believed to be the same individual caught on camera during a robbery at the Kenwood Citgo Station.

Wednesday morning, police believe the men hit the Sunoco station at 6800 4th Street North.  The place was robbed while Mato Galic stood at the register and a beer distributor stood in the back.

"I was scared for customers," said Sunoco clerk Galic. "After me, he pointed the gun for him."

Galic just started working at the Sunoco station two weeks ago. The men took about $1,200.

"He pulled the gun for him. He took money, a laptop, everything I have," Galic said.

Police believe the men started their string on February 5 inside a Citgo station at 900 34th Street North. The next two came on February 11, beginning with the Chevron station at 5405 Dr. MLK Street North, ending at a food store at 2835 16th Street North.

A reward is being offered for any information leading to a second arrest.  Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.
 

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