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Suspects sought in string of Tampa armed robberies

Tampa police are seeking a man and woman in a string of overnight armed robberies that occurred within a few miles of each other.

Detectives say the robberies, which took place five hours apart, appear to be related based on surveillance video and descriptions provided by the victims.

The robberies occurred at two Bank of America ATM machines and at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay on Rocky Point.

No one has been injured in the crimes, but police spokesman Bill Ferguson told WFLA, News Channel 8, the suspects are “at the point where they’re going to shoot somebody. We have to stop them.”

Police described the man as white, 25 to 27 years old with a thin build, brown eyes and dark hair. He had a semi-automatic handgun and a black bandana covering his face.

Police described the woman as white, 25 to 27 years old, skinny with blond hair and a “bony face.” She was wearing a black hoodie and had a black bandana covering her face.

Police said they were driving a black compact vehicle, possibly a Nissan or Toyota.

The first robbery occurred at 10:34 p.m. Tuesday, when a woman said drove up to the Bank of America ATM, at 100 N. West Shore Blvd. After withdrawing money, a man approached her with the gun, snatched the cash and told her to drive away, police said. The robber got into the getaway car, with the female suspect driving before fleeing, police said.

At 10:51 p.m. Tuesday, a man drove up to the Bank of America ATM, at 3030 W. Kennedy Blvd., and entered his debit card and PIN number, police said. He said a black, two-door vehicle stopped him in the ATM lane and a man exited from the driver’s side, pointed at gun and advised him to drive away. The robber removed money from ATM and fled.

The suspects are seen on surveillance video at the ATM at that location.

At 3:40 a.m., at the Grand Hyatt garage, two people were watching videos on their cellphones in their car when an armed man demanded cash, police said. Money and jewelry were taken as a woman with a gun stood by the driver’s door, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 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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