Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Man arrested in three robberies of Lealman food store

LEALMAN — Authorities have arrested the man they say is responsible for robbing a Lealman convenience store three times in the last two weeks.

St. Petersburg police officers notified sheriff's detectives Tuesday after they spotted a car matching the description of one used Friday in the latest robbery at City Food Mart, 5028 66th St. N.

The car, a Toyota Yaris, was being driven by 18-year-old T'Checoy K. Johnson. The car's license plate contains the characters P57, which match a partial description of the tag on the car used in the robbery.

Police stopped the car and arrested Johnson, who admitted to all three robberies, authorities said. One of Johnson's fingerprints matched one found at the scene after Friday's robbery, sheriff's deputies said.

The holdups began March 27, when a man walked into the store, demanded cash from owner Khokan Mondal and pointed a gun at him. The man fled with the money.

The business was robbed again April 2, when a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt walked in, implied he was armed and demanded that Mondal give up all the cash in the register. Mondal later told police he thought the two robberies were the work of the same man.

In the most recent robbery, the man walked in about 10:30 a.m. Friday, implied he had a gun and fled with cash. He was seen getting into a Toyota Yaris, deputies said.

Johnson was booked in the Pinellas County Jail late Tuesday on a charge of armed robbery and two counts of strong-arm robbery. He was held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Mondal spoke with the Tampa Bay Times after the April 2 heist, saying the crimes had left him shaken. He said he wanted to quit his job, but had to keep working to provide for his family.

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