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Tampa police make fourth arrest in monthlong string of violent armed robberies

TAMPA — Tampa police arrested a fourth suspect in a rash of violent armed robberies in Central Florida during the past month.

Rykeith Levatte, 23, of 7309 E Bank Drive in Tampa, was arrested Wednesday evening. Police believe Levatte and three other men robbed a Circle K customer at gunpoint on May 28.

Levatte and the other men dragged the victim to the side of the store, where they pistol-whipped him and ordered him to take off his pants, police said. They then took the victim's wallet, pants and cell phone and fled.

A witness was able to identify Levatte, and working with the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force, police were able to track him down at a home at 705 E Humphrey St. in Tampa.

Police already have arrested three men in connection with the robbery spree, and detectives from six agencies are working to link additional robberies to them. Additional charges are pending, Tampa police said.

Related robberies?

The Tampa Police Department has made four arrests in its investigation of these robberies, believed to have been committed by the same people:

May 11: All About You Hair Salon, New Port Richey

May 24: Kings Grocery, 723 W Columbus Drive in Tampa

May 25: 7-Eleven, 6980 N 40th St. in Pinellas Park

May 26: 7-Eleven, 9817 U.S. 301 in Gibsonton

May 26: 7-Eleven, 7711 Causeway Blvd. in Tampa

May 26: Hess, U.S. 19 and Main Street in New Port Richey

May 26: 7-Eleven, 2144 Corporate Center Drive in New Port Richey

May 28: 7-Eleven, 2010 Edgewood Drive in Lakeland

May 28: Citgo, 6925 E Broadway Ave. in Tampa

June 3: Mobil, 16055 State Road 52 in Land O'Lakes

Tampa police make fourth arrest in monthlong string of violent armed robberies 06/10/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 10, 2010 3:37pm]
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