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Man admits to home invasion, four armed robberies

TAMPA — A Tampa man arrested Wednesday in a home invasion has confessed to that crime and to taking part in four other armed robberies, police said Thursday.

Police arrested Marcus Maurice Burton, 20, after they saw four men rob a home in the 3000 block of E Idlewild Avenue. Police say that in interviews with detectives, Burton admitted to participating in that robbery.

They say he also admitted to robbing a Dunkin' Donuts at 13510 Cypress Glenn Lane in Tampa on Feb. 10; a Pizza Hut at 902 W Busch Blvd. in Tampa on March 4; a KFC at 2212 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa on June 1; and a Wendy's at 11720 N 56th St. in Temple Terrace on June 1.

Burton was booked into the Orient Road Jail at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Based on what Burton told detectives, two juveniles also were arrested and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

EmErson Thannis and Briaal Andrews, both 17 and of Tampa, were charged with armed robbery. Police say Burton confessed to all five robberies, but Thannis confessed to only the KFC robbery and Andrews admitted only the Wendy's robbery.

Burton was charged with eight counts of robbery because there were multiple victims, one count of home invasion robbery and one count of animal cruelty.

The animal cruelty charge was added because Buttercup, a 5-year-old pit bull mix, was shot in Wednesday's home invasion robbery.

Police are investigating all the robberies and additional charges are possible, police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said.

Man admits to home invasion, four armed robberies 06/10/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 10, 2010 11:16pm]
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