ST. PETERSBURG — Police are asking for the public's help to identify a man accused of robbing two 7-Eleven stores while armed with a long kitchen knife.
The first incident took place about 5:50 a.m. on Aug. 19 at 11590 Fourth St. N, police said, when the suspect leaped over the counter and threatened the clerk to open up the register.
The clerk did so, police said. The suspect grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash and ran out the store.
The second incident took place Saturday, when a man matching the description of the suspect in the first incident entered the store at 5451 31st St. S about 6:24 a.m.
The suspect, wielding a long knife, stood in front of the main counter and demanded that the clerk open the register. Instead, this time the clerk fled out the door. So did the suspect.
The suspect is described as a black man age 18 to 25. He is between 5-feet-8 and 5-10, about 140 to 180 pounds, and was wearing a white cloth around his head. He was wearing a long-sleeve, white shirt, a white glove on his left hand, dark-colored baggy shorts and black sneakers.
St. Petersburg police also released surveillance footage of the Aug. 19 robbery. Footage from the other store wasn't good enough to be of value, police said.
Police are asking anyone with information to call (727) 893-7780. Anonymous tipsters can call (727) 892-5000 or text (727) 420-8911.
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