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Police search for armed 7-Eleven robbery suspect

TAMPA — Forty dollars. That's how much a man who pointed a sawed-off shotgun at a 7-Eleven clerk left with early Sunday morning.

Police are now asking for the public's help tracking him down.

At about 1:40 a.m., a 50 to 60 year old man walked into the store, at 3101 Gandy Blvd., pointing the gun and demanding money. The cashier handed him the $40 he was holding, and the man quickly walked out.

Detective Melinda Rewis said he may have gotten nervous when another employee came around the corner. No customers were in the store.

"He definitely seemed desperate," Rewis said. "He didn't hesitate at all when he pulled out the gun."

The suspect was described as white, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 with a medium to heavy build and about 200 pounds. He has salt-and-pepper hair and a scruffy beard and was wearing a blue hoodie and blue jeans. Witnesses told police he left in a gray four-door, 1990s-model Toyota, perhaps an Avalon, with a white oval sticker on the bumper.

Rewis said police don't believe the man has been involved in any other recent robberies.

Police ask anyone with information to call them at (813) 231-6130 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-8477.

Police search for armed 7-Eleven robbery suspect 07/14/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 7:14pm]
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