Two adults and two juveniles have been charged in a recent series of armed robberies in Wimauma and Ruskin, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.
Between Saturday and Tuesday, a group of robbers carrying guns and sometimes wearing ski masks randomly targeted victims, according to deputies. On Tuesday, investigators got an image of a car that was parked at a convenience store just before a Sunday morning robbery. A detective spotted the same car Wednesday morning at a Circle K store in Wimauma. The people in the car, a Chrysler 300, were soon connected to the robberies, the Sheriff's Office said.
Wimauma residents Eddie Martinez-Heredia, 23, of 3407 Palmetto Road and Adan Vasquez Jr, 19, of 5219 Vernice St. are charged with battery, attempted robbery and multiple counts of armed robbery. They were being held in the Orient Road Jail. Two minors, ages 15 and 17, were being held in a juvenile facility on charges of aggravated battery and multiple counts of armed robbery.
Investigators believe there may be other victims, who can contact the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200.