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Tampa Police search for armed suspect who robbed four stores

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Posted at 3:41 AM, Mar 19, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — Detectives are investigating the robberies of four different stores that occurred throughout Tampa.

The Tampa Police Department said the four robberies, two which occurred Monday night and one early Tuesday morning, are related.

The first robbery occurred at 9:35 p.m. at the PDQ store on S. Dale Mabry Highway. Police said the suspect walked up to the drive-thru window, pointed a gun at the driver of a car in the drive-thru lane and told the driver to leave before demanding money from the cashiers at the drive-thru window. Police said the suspect's attempt to open the register and get the cash was unsuccessful.

The second robbery was at 9:49 p.m. at the Circle K at Manhattan Avenue and Bay to Bay Boulevard. At this location, the suspect left with cash inside a plastic bag after pointing a gun at the clerk.

During the third robbery at the 7-Eleven on Linebaugh Avenue, shortly before 12 a.m., the suspect once again pointed a gun at the clerk and left with cash inside a plastic bag.

At the fourth robbery, which occurred at 1:59 a.m., at the Circle K on S. West Shore Blvd. the suspect pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money from both of the cash registers in the store. Police said the clerk did as told and the suspect left with the money in a bag.

Police said the armed suspect entered each store wearing a bandanna over his face, a dark hoodie, dark athletic shorts, and a black firearm.

At this time, detectives are collecting physical evidence and video in an effort to identify the suspect, but said they are not releasing any video.

Anyone with any information should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) to be eligible for a cash reward.

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