TAMPA — Police were trying to identify two people Wednesday whom they believe may have been responsible for a string of three armed robberies.
The robberies began just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bank of America drive-through ATM at 100 N West Shore Blvd., police said. A woman drove up and began to make a withdrawal from the machine. At the same time, a man walked up to her car, pointed a gun, and snatched cash out of her hands, police said. He then ordered her to drive away. The man was seen getting into a black, two-door sedan, driven by another person, police said.
About 20 minutes later, a second robbery happened at the Bank of America drive-through ATM at 3030 W Kennedy Blvd. A man in his car was making a transaction at the machine when a black, two-door sedan drove up behind him and parked, police said. Another man got out of the driver's side of the sedan, pointed a gun, and told him to drive away. The robber then pulled cash from the ATM, got back into the sedan and fled.
At about 3:40 a.m., Wednesday, a third robbery happened in a parking lot at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Hotel on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Two people who had just had breakfast at Denny's were sitting in a car watching videos on a cellphone when a man and a woman approached the car on foot.
The pair, armed with pistols, stood on either side of the car and demanded cash from the people inside, police said. After receiving money and jewelry, the pair fled, jumping into a black car, described as possibly a Nissan or Toyota.
Police believe all three robberies are the work of the same couple.
Anyone with information regarding the robberies was asked to call Tampa police at (813) 231-6130.