OLDSMAR — Pinellas County deputies arrested a 30-year-old man late Thursday evening they believe is responsible for robbing two local businesses at gunpoint, they said.
Christopher B. Davis, 30, has been charged with three counts of armed robbery in connection with two Oldsmar robberies just blocks apart — one in October at an Auto Zone store at 3698 Tampa Road, and another one Thursday morning at Chik-Fil-A at 3740 Tampa Road.
Around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, a Chik-Fil-A employee was opening up the shop when he noticed the back door would not easily close, according to reports.
When he turned around, deputies said, he saw a man standing right behind him holding a white automatic handgun in one hand and a knife in the other.
The employee told deputies he handed over cash and the man ran from the restaurant.
The Auto Zone robbery took place around 7 a.m. Oct. 25, in similar fashion.
Investigators were able to use security footage from the Chick-Fil-A robbery to gather a description of the robber and link him to the Auto Zone crime. They interviewed several people who identified Davis as the likely perpetrator, officials said.
He was arrested quietly at his Meriden Avenue home around 10 p.m. Deputies said he later admitted to the crimes.
The money taken in the Chik-Fil-A robbery was reportedly recovered upon Davis' arrest.
The investigation is still under way.