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St. Petersburg detectives say they caught knife-wielding thief in the act

ST. PETERSBURG

Arrest made in string of store robberies

Police on Wednesday arrested a man they said recently robbed three businesses at knifepoint and was trying to rob a fourth.

Jerry Whittmeyer is accused of robbing a hardware store, a wig shop and a Subway restaurant in recent days and was trying to rob a Family Dollar Store when police intervened.

Police said they were conducting surveillance in response to the string of robberies when they spotted Whittmeyer about 1:45 entering the Family Dollar Store at 850 Third Ave. S. He matched the description of the man in the other three robberies.

Detectives said they looked in the window and saw Whittmeyer struggling with two clerks. Police tried to subdue him and eventually shot him with a Taser. Whittmeyer was cut on the head and taken to Bayfront Medical Center. Police recovered a knife from the scene.

The clerks said Whittmeyer entered the store, showed the knife and tried to take money from the cash register.

St. Petersburg detectives say they caught knife-wielding thief in the act 09/28/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 9:34pm]
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