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Pawn shop operator fires at robbers in Ruskin

TAMPA — Two men trying to rob a pawn shop with a pistol Monday afternoon were met with gunfire and fled, Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials said.

Detectives are investigating an armed robbery at the Ruskin Pawn Shop at 2 Dickman Drive S.E. According to sheriff's officials, two men came in flashing a revolver at the store owner, who was sitting behind the counter at a computer.

The owner, Douglas Jewett, 49, of Bradenton, stood up and reached for his own pistol and fired at the suspects, missing the men. They fled into a green car. No one was injured.

Detectives are looking for the pair, who were described as white, one of average height, the other taller, both wearing nylon-type masks over their faces.

Anyone with any information can call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

Justin George can be reached at (813) 226-3368 or

Pawn shop operator fires at robbers in Ruskin 12/07/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 7, 2009 6:58pm]
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