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Hillsborough deputies search for robbery suspects in unrelated cases

Hillsborough sheriff's deputies are looking for three armed robbers who took off with cash in two unrelated cases this week.

On Wednesday, deputies say two men robbed the Zaxby's restaurant at 2028 E State Road 60 in Valrico. The men entered the restaurant at 10:22 p.m. through the rear door. Zaxby's was closed for the day, but employees were still there cleaning the restaurant.

The men were armed and wore masks, the Sheriff's Office said. They took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled out the back. No employees were injured, deputies say.

Authorities describe one of the suspects as a black male, about 5 feet 10 and 160 pounds. He was wearing a mask and gloves, and had a long-barrel gun.

The other suspect is described as a black male, about 5 feet 9 and 175 pounds, seen wearing a mask, gloves and carrying a handgun.

In the second incident, a man robbed a Circle K at 5202 W Sligh Ave. near Tampa at 12:09 a.m. Thursday. Deputies say he was armed with a handgun and got away in a white sports utility vehicle.

The Sheriff's Office described him as a white or Hispanic male, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, with short dark hair and a tattoo on his left forearm. He was armed with a dark-colored, semi-automatic pistol, and was seen wearing a red T-shirt and long jean shorts.

Both robberies were captured on surveillance videos.

The Sheriff's Office is asking that anyone with information call them at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at toll-free 1-800-873-8477.

Hillsborough deputies search for robbery suspects in unrelated cases 08/20/10 [Last modified: Friday, August 20, 2010 5:07pm]
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