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Robbers take gold chain, cash before shootout at Tampa strip club

TAMPA — Detectives were investigating an armed robbery that ended in gunshots early Monday at a strip club.

The robbery took place just before 5 a.m. inside the Playpen Gentlemen's Club, 1715 N 50th St., when a fight broke out after a man stole a gold chain from a patron.

During the scuffle, two other men pushed the door attendant and grabbed money from the tip jar and cash register, Tampa police said.

The three men ran from the club and a security officer followed them. The security officer, Steven Metz, and a patron exchanged gunfire with the robbers, police said.

The robbers got away in a silver or gray Chevrolet Impala.

Metz was grazed by a bullet, but didn't need medical attention. No other injuries were reported. Three cars in the parking lot sustained damage.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tampa police at (813) 231-6130.

Robbers take gold chain, cash before shootout at Tampa strip club 10/15/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 15, 2012 10:38pm]
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