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Largo man accused of five robberies

LARGO — A Largo man accused of five robberies said he did it because he needed money to feed his addition to pain killers, police say.

The string of robberies began May 30, when Largo police say Ryan Lee Murphy, 25, entered a 7-Eleven on Clearwater Largo Road N and demanded money just before 5 a.m. After a cashier gave him $96 from the cash register, he fled the store on his bicycle.

Murphy, of 805 10th St. SW, went to three other stores that day: First, a Tropical Smoothie store at 9:52 a.m., then the PineCrest Golf store at 10:08 a.m. and finally a BP gas station at 11:37 a.m, a police report states. Each time he demanded money from the cashiers, but didn't get any, the report states.

On June 29, Murphy returned to the 7-Eleven on Clearwater Largo Road N and again demanded money. After he was given $19, he fled, police say.

In all five robberies, Murphy either said he had a gun or implied he did. Surveillance cameras at two of the stores captured the robberies.

Murphy was arrested early Saturday and faces five charges of strong arm robbery. He was being held Saturday at Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Largo man accused of five robberies 07/03/10 [Last modified: Saturday, July 3, 2010 3:28pm]
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