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Tampa police hunt for men in two robberies

TAMPA — Detectives are looking for three men they say are responsible for two recent armed robberies in Tampa.

Investigators got a look at one of the men on video as he tried to use a victim's debit card at a Tampa 7-Eleven after one of the robberies. The crime streak began Jan. 16, police said. At 11:06 p.m., three masked men walked into Nick's Gyros and Subs at 8426 N Florida Ave. Two of the men had handguns.

They went to the counter and kitchen areas and demanded money. One of the employees was forced to the ground at gunpoint, and the robbers ran into the woods behind the business with the stolen money.

On Wednesday, two men entered the 7-Eleven at 10815 Nebraska Ave. armed with semiautomatic guns.

One robber stole a debit card from a customer talking on a cell phone as the other went behind the counter and took money from a cashier. They ran out and hopped into an older model, two-door maroon or burgundy sports car on E 108th Avenue.

Nearly 20 minutes later, one of the men tried to use the stolen debit card at the 7-Eleven at 6845 N 22nd St.

He is described as thin, 6 feet tall, black and 17 to 20 years old. He was wearing a camouflage hooded jacket, long blue denim shorts, black shoes with red on the bottom and light-colored socks. The second man wore a M&M's racing jacket to both robberies.

If you have information about these men or the robberies, call the Tampa police at (813) 231-6130 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-843-8477.

Tampa police hunt for men in two robberies 01/23/10 [Last modified: Saturday, January 23, 2010 6:43pm]
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