Detectives: Same store robbed twice, public's help sought

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Pinellas County detectives are asking for the public's help in solving two robberies that were committed at the same convenience store on two different dates.

The robberies occurred at the City Food Market at 5028 66th Street North, St. Petersburg on March 27 at 11:45 p.m. and on April 2 at 8:15 p.m.

In the March holdup, the suspect was seen crouching outside the door entrance.  He entered the store, pulled out a semi-automatic handgun, pointed it at the clerk and demanded money.  He left the store on foot.

He is described as a black male, approximately 18 -25 years of age, average build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt (inside out- tag showing), white shirt under hooded sweatshirt, basketball shorts, gloves and slippers.

In the second robbery, the robber implied he had a gun, but it was not seen.The suspect fled with cash. 

A short time later a mid-size, a late model, white, four door vehicle was seen leaving the area. It is not clear if the vehicle is related to the robbery.

The suspect, in the second robbery is described as a black male, approximately 18 - 25 years of age, average build, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with a black design, khaki shorts and black and white tennis shoes.

Detectives are trying to determine if the robberies are related and if it is the same suspect.

Anyone with information on either robbery is asked to contact Detective Amy Booth of the Robbery/Homicide Unit at (727) 582-6200 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1800-873-TIPS.

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