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Tips lead authorities to robbery suspect

ST. PETERSBURG — Authorities arrested a man they say robbed a liquor store with a shotgun earlier this month.

Homer C. Osbon, 20 of 4600 21st St. N, was taken into custody Monday evening.

Osbon robbed the Aloha Liquor Store, 5301 Haines Road, at about 11:30 p.m. March 14, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He told detectives he needed the money to buy prescription pain medication for an addiction.

It is unclear how much money Osbon got away with. The Sheriff's Office asked the public for help identifying the suspect, whose image was captured on surveillance video.

Tips led them to Osbon, officials said.

During the arrest, detectives also seized Osbon's father's shotgun, which they believe was used in the robbery.

Osbon, charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Tips lead authorities to robbery suspect 03/30/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 5:52pm]
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