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Florida man charged for using firearm during robbery of 2 jewelry stores

Posted at 3:09 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 17:20:41-05

TAMPA, Fla. — A 28-year-old Florida man was charged after U.S. Attorney Maria Lopez says he robbed a jewelry store.

According to the complaint, Michael Snyder, 28, committed armed robberies of two jewelry stores. A Zales in Hillsborough County on Dec. 31 and a Helzberg Diamonds in Pasco County on Jan. 19.

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During each of those robberies, Snyder stole more than $100,000 in jewelry.

On Jan. 27, during the execution of a search warrant on Snyder's home and car, officials recovered a firearm and clothing that matched the clothing worn during robberies. Law enforcement officers obtained Snyder's fingerprints, which matched a print recovered after the Zales robbery.

The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Snyder was charged with using a firearm during, and in relation, to the armed robbery of a jewelry store.

If convicted, he could face a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.