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Suspects sought in robbery of elderly St. Pete man

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 03:33 PM

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is seeking several suspects in the armed robbery of an elderly man who got lost leaving the Hard Rock Casino last month.

At about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 8, the man left the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa en route to St. Petersburg, and found himself on an unfamiliar road. Soon after, a red car stopped in the middle of the road and the occupants pointed a gun at him. The men took his wallet and cell phone, the sheriff's office said.

The suspects tried to use the victim's credit cards at several locations throughout Hillsborough County, and two suspects are seen in surveillance video at the Walmart at 5220 Dale Mabry Hwy. N.

The video also shows two other suspects trying to use the victim's credit card at a Grow Financial Federal Credit Union branch at 5250 Busch Blvd. E., according to the sheriff's office.

The suspects are seen in this surveillance video from the bank and Walmart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2siaAcOa1Ow

The first suspect is described as a black man, about 6 feet tall, 180 to 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black sleeveless shirt, blue jeans, blue boxers and white athletic shoes.

The second suspect is also about 6 feet tall, 170 to 190 pounds. He was wearing a long black t-shirt, brown cargo shorts, tan work boots, and a black flat bill cap with a design on it.

They were driving a 1999 to early 2000s, red two-door red with tinted windows, spoiler in rear and sunroof. The right front tire appears to be different that the right rear tire without rims, the sheriff's office said.

Anyone with any information on the suspect is asked to call the sheriff's office at 247-8200. Or, to be eligible for a reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or text "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).

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