Two Tampa men have been arrested in connection with a rash of armed robberies at local businesses.
Shamorcus Brandan Nesbitt, 27, and England Alexander Wilson, 32, faces a slew of federal robbery and firearms charges. The charges stem from a series of 19 robberies between December and mid-May. Each robbery conviction carries a maximum prison sentence.
The robberies all followed a similar pattern: The robbers would smash a store window or glass door with a brick or rock near closing time, then hold the employees at gunpoint.
Authorities had identified Nesbitt and Wilson as suspects, and had identified the vehicles they were using in the robberies. The duo used one of those vehicles early Tuesday to rob a pizza restaurant on Waters Avenue, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The pair were arrested later that day at Nesbitt’s home in Tampa.
Reflecting the wide-ranging location of the robberies, the case was investigated by a long list of law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco of Firearms & Explosives, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and the Tampa Police Department.