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Tarpon Springs man accused of using assault rifle in robberies

CLEARWATER — Authorities have arrested a Tarpon Springs man suspected of using an assault rifle in a string of robberies throughout Tampa Bay.

Authorities took 32-year-old Stephen P. Attore into custody at his home without incident Wednesday night.

Attore is a suspect in armed robberies in both Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

In Pinellas, he's accused of using an AR-15 on July 25 to rob a Papa John's Pizza restaurant in Clearwater.

The next day, officials say, Attore robbed a Tampa hotel.

Investigators with the Tampa Police Department and Pinellas County Sheriff's Office are working together on the case. Attore may be linked to other robberies, according to the sheriff's office.

Detectives are working to recover the gun.

Tarpon Springs man accused of using assault rifle in robberies 08/06/09 [Last modified: Thursday, August 6, 2009 5:14pm]
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