ST. PETERSBURG — An armed robber who wears a dark fedora has held up five Tampa Bay area businesses over the last 2 1/2 weeks, including two in Hillsborough County.
The robber struck once in Temple Terrace, once in Tampa and three times in St. Petersburg, with the last robbery occurring on Saturday, police officials said.
The man makes a small purchase and waits for the register to open until he brandishes a small silver handgun and walks away with the money drawer.
Police officers visited similar stores and provided managers with the man's description and photograph. They say he is black, 40 to 50 years old, about 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 9, and weighs 170 to 180 pounds. He's been seen with a black bandana atop his head, dark sunglasses and the fedora.
In Tampa, detectives believe the man may have been wearing a black skullcap, light blue jeans and tan jacket, but they are investigating a link in the crimes nonetheless, police said.
The same man is believed to have robbed these businesses:
• Family Dollar, 6006 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa, Jan. 26,.
• Walgreens Pharmacy, 92202 N 56th St., Temple Terrace, Jan. 29.
• CVS Pharmacy, 3426 Central Ave., St Petersburg, Jan. 29.
• Family Dollar, 1041 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, St. Petersburg, Feb. 4.
• Family Dollar, 3201 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Feb. 7.
Anyone with information is asked to call (727) 893-7179.