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Help sought to catch Pinellas convenience store bandit

Published:   |   Updated: April 5, 2013 at 06:05 PM

Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies are seeking the public’s help to locate a man who robbed a convenience store today and may be connected to other robberies at the same store.

According to detectives, around 10:50 a.m., the suspect walked into the City Food Market, 5028 66th St. N., St. Petersburg, and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect indicated he had a gun under his T-shirt. After taking an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled the scene on foot.

A short time later, the suspect was seen getting into a white Toyota Yaris. The vehicle had a Florida license plate with a partial tag number of P57.

The suspect is described as a black male approximately 18 to 25 years old, about 5-foot-6 with an average build and short faded haircut. He was wearing a white T-shirt, baggy blue jeans worn low, blue plaid boxer shorts and bright white low-top tennis shoes.

Detectives are investigating whether this robbery is related to two prior robberies at this store within the past week.

Anyone with information on these robberies is asked to contact Detective Amy Booth of the Robbery/Homicide Unit at (727) 582-6200. Those wishing to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.

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