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Tampa man charged in three armed robberies

TAMPA — After successfully robbing at least three area businesses in February, police say, Antonio Alexander Grier's luck ran out on Monday.

Tampa police arrested Grier, 32, on three counts of armed robbery, after officials say he robbed the Fast Payday Loans on Busch Boulevard.

In February, police say, Grier robbed Gita Food Stores at 4804 N Florida Ave., Sunoco at 1401 W Waters Ave. and Hyde Park Market at 616 W Platt St. Each time, Grier used a gun and demanded money from the register, said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy in a news release.

After the robbery of the Fast Payday Loans on Monday, a witness provided police with the tag number to the get-away car as well as a description of the man. With that information, officers tracked down Grier.

Grier, of 506 1/2 E Sparkman Ave., admitted to all of the robberies and said he also robbed a fifth business in Hillsborough County, McElroy said. Charges are still pending on that robbery and the Hyde Park Market case.

He is being held in a Hillsborough County jail without bail.

Shelley Rossetter can be reached at (813) 226-3374 or srossetter@sptimes.com.

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