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Suspect in Lealman robberies linked to other hold-ups

LEALMAN — The man accused of robbing a Lealman convenience store three times in two weeks is now facing charges in three additional robberies.

Two of the new charges that T'Checoy Kevon Johnson now faces stem from convenience store robberies April 7 in St. Petersburg.

The first holdup happened about 5 p.m. that day at the Lucky 9 Food Mart at 901 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. The next one happened about an hour later at an Exxon gas station at 2928 28th St. N.

In both cases, Johnson walked into the store, pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded cash, police said. In both cases, he wore a white hooded sweatshirt bearing a distinctive flower-and-leaf design.

Before his arrest Tuesday, Johnson also robbed a clerk at the Tobacco Road smoke shop at 5432 58th St. N in Kenneth City, police said. In that case, Johnson showed no weapon, and later said he "acted on impulse" but never intended to harm the clerk.

Johnson has been in jail since that day, charged with three robberies that happened in a two-week period in late March and early April at the City Food Mart in Lealman.

After his arrest, Johnson told police that he was high on "Molly" when he committed the heists. "Molly" is a street name for the chemical compound methylone, which is commonly found in banned drugs known as bath salts.

Johnson said he used the money he gained from the heists to buy more Molly.

His list of charges now includes three counts each of armed robbery and strong arm robbery. He was being held in jail Friday on $310,000 bail.

Suspect in Lealman robberies linked to other hold-ups 04/12/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 12, 2013 10:57pm]
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