TAMPA — Officials are searching for four men who robbed two convenience stores at gunpoint early Thursday.
The men, two armed with semiautomatic pistols, robbed a 7-Eleven at 9817 U.S. 301 S in Gibsonton at 12:14 a.m., according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. About 15 minutes later, the same group robbed a 7-Eleven at 7711 Causeway Blvd. in Tampa.
All four were described as black, 18 to 20 years old, between 5 feet 8 and 6 feet tall, and weighing between 140 and 160 pounds.
Two of the men covered their faces with T-shirts, and two others wore masks, possibly a Halloween or hockey mask.
The men repeatedly threatened the clerks with the guns and took an undisclosed amount of cash and lottery tickets.
Tampa Police said the robberies could be related to a similar crime in the city, and are working with deputies.
On Monday at 9:42 p.m., three men entered King's Grocery, 723 W Columbus Drive. They struck a clerk in the head with a handgun and removed cash from the register, police said.
The men also stole 20 packs of Newport cigarettes. The trio also had their faces concealed in various ways.