Monday, April 23, 2018
Public safety

Hillsborough deputies seek robber who told clerk not to call 911

Authorities believe the same man is responsible for a pair of armed robberies that happened four days apart in southern Hillsborough County and they are asking the public for help.

Hillsborough County sheriff's officials released a surveillance video from one of the robberies Tuesday, soliciting tips from the public about the robber's identity.

The footage was captured just before 4 a.m. Sunday inside a 7-Eleven store at 13150 U.S. 41 in Gibsonton, deputies said. It shows the robber walking through the front door, pointing a handgun at the clerk behind the front counter and demanding cash. The clerk hands him money from the cash register.

"Don't call 911," the man says before heading back out the door. He ran south through the parking lot, deputies said.

The same man is believed to be responsible for a similar robbery on July 24 at Victoria's 5th Ave Salon, at 6512 U.S. 41, deputies said. He is described as Asian, in his 20s, with a thin build and black hair. In the 7-Eleven robbery, he wore a black ball cap, white sunglasses, a black T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the man's identity can call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200. Tips can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 800-873-8477.

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