Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Police believe recent robberies at 7-Eleven stores may be related

ST. PETERSBURG — Authorities believe an armed convenience store robbery that ended in a fatal officer-involved shooting earlier this week may be connected to other crime in the city.

Police Chief Chuck Harmon said the incident early Tuesday at a 7-Eleven at 62nd Avenue N and Fourth Street is similar to an Oct. 29 armed robbery at a 7-Eleven at 11590 Fourth St. N.

"There's enough similarities that we think they may be related," Harmon said Wednesday, a day after one of his undercover detectives shot and killed suspect Lamont Burgess, 36. "Right now our immediate concern is, is there anyone else out there doing these?"

Police on Wednesday released surveillance videos from both incidents. They hope someone will recognize the robbers.

Harmon said both holdups involved two masked and gloved robbers.

In the earlier holdup, police said, a handgun was used and the store clerk said there were two male suspects. In Tuesday's robbery, Burgess used a shotgun. His accomplice, a 20-year-old woman named Ebony Oliver, had a knife, police said.

They were confronted moments after the robbery by undercover detectives who were in the area on a different operation. One detective shot and killed Burgess after police said he pointed the gun at the officer.

Oliver ran and hid but was found by a police dog. She faces armed robbery and felony murder charges. A third person, thought to be a getaway driver, left the scene but has been interviewed by police. He is being considered a witness right now.

Harmon said detectives are trying to figure out if Burgess and Oliver were working with others.

Police aren't the only ones searching for answers.

Burgess' father, Larry Burgess of St. Petersburg, said he recognized his son's voice from the surveillance video. He suspects the crime was fueled by drugs and mental illness. His son has an arrest history dating back to the late 1990s, mostly for drug possession.

"I know my son," the 61-year-old said. "If they said he got arrested with a pocket full of drugs, yeah, that's something he could do. But robbery? That's just not him."

Burgess said his son tried ecstasy about a year ago and hasn't been the same since. He'd been held under the Baker Act three times in recent months. His family planned to get him more mental services help Tuesday, but he missed the appointment.

Anyone with information about the incident can call police at (727) 893-7780.

Police believe recent robberies at 7-Eleven stores may be related 11/07/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 9:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. 5 things to do under $5: Wiener dog racing, Streetcar Festival, Clearwater chalk art, Dia De Los Muertos

    Events

    1Wienerfest: They had us at wiener dog racing. This day devoted to dachshunds features racing, a dog costume contest, food trucks, photo booth and raffles at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday. Leashed dogs of all breeds welcome. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Free admission. (407) …

    An entry in the costume contest from 2015's annual Dia de los Muertos Fiesta, or Day of the Dead Festival, hosted by Casa Tina's Mexican Restaurant.
photo courtesy Mikell Herrick
  2. Locale Market changes yet again, rebranding the restaurant as FarmTable Cucina

    Food & Dining

    When Locale Market opened in Sundial St. Pete in Dec. 2014, it was the most-hyped, most-anticipated gourmet market/food hall/culinary playground Tampa Bay had ever seen. Since then, celebrity chef-owner Michael Mina has done what every entrepreneur does in the face of challenges: tinker.

    Chef Michael Mina and chef Jeffrey Hileman work in the kitchen at Farmtable Kitchen in 2016. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
  3. Look for Tampa Bay filmmaker Joe Davison on 'Stranger Things'

    Human Interest

    For a year, Joe Davison kept a secret he wanted to tell so badly he feared it would burst from his mouth like an alien baby from John Hurt's chest.

    Joe Davison, at home in his dining room in Seminole, decked out for Halloween with “Stranger Things” decor, will appear in Season 2 of “Stranger Things.”
  4. Brooksville council begins study of law enforcement options

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — The City Council has jumped headlong into a discussion about the future of the Brooksville Police Department — specifically whether to maintain it as is or change the way law enforcement service is provided in an effort to relieve the city's budget woes.

    Brooksville Mayor Robert Battista suggested that the City Council agree to promise residents that neither the city police nor fire departments would be disbanded without a voter referendum.
  5. U.S. home construction tumbles 4.7 percent in September

    Working Life

    WASHINGTON — Construction of new homes fell 4.7 percent in September, the biggest decline in six months, reflecting weakness in both single-family activity and apartment building.

    Construction of new homes fell 4.7 percent in September, the biggest decline in six months, reflecting weakness in both single-family activity and apartment building.  [Associated Press file photo]