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Police arrest couple wanted in string of armed robberies

Justin Burgess

Justin Burgess, 29

Heather Herrera

Heather Herrera, 33

TAMPA — A couple who robbed people at ATMs and shocked others with a stun gun has been arrested, authorities said.

Justin Burgess, 29, and Heather Herrera, 33, were captured at 1 p.m. Thursday outside the house at 8711 Meadowview Circle near Citrus Park, a Tampa police spokeswoman said.

They were wanted for a string of six robberies in several police jurisdictions. Three involved the use of a stun gun, police said, and others included the threat of a BB gun, jail records show.

Burgess and Herrera were wanted in three Bank of America ATM robberies, one on Feb. 28 in which police said they robbed a man at 9700 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N in St. Petersburg.

The other two occurred Tuesday in Tampa, one just after 10:30 p.m. at 100 N West Shore Blvd., the other at 10:51 p.m. at 3030 W Kennedy Blvd., police said.

On Feb. 27, Tampa police say, Burgess used a stun gun to rob a man who was walking to his car after leaving the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy at 10905 N Nebraska Ave. He fled in a car driven by Herrera, police said.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said on that on March 1, Herrera approached a woman unloading items from her vehicle in western Hillsborough, shocked her on the neck and stole a bag with cash and valuables.

Early Wednesday, authorities say, the couple confronted two people watching videos in a car outside the Grand Hyatt, 2900 Bay Port Drive in Tampa. Burgess demanded cash while Herrera stood by, police said.

Tampa detectives say they began receiving tips 15 minutes after posting video and photos of the wanted couple on social media. Tampa police and a U.S. Marshals Task Force took the couple into custody.

Police arrest couple wanted in string of armed robberies 03/20/14 [Last modified: Sunday, March 30, 2014 2:54pm]
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