Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Pasco deputies arrest man wanted in string of robberies

NEW PORT RICHEY — A day after releasing a public warning about him, Pasco sheriff's deputies have arrested the man suspected in a two-week string of robberies.

Henry Sizemore, 32, was arrested Thursday. Detective Kip Mello was in Pawn Star pawnshop at 7294 State Road 52, just before noon when he recognized Sizemore walking into the store and arrested him.

Deputies believe Sizemore was responsible for several robberies, including swiping a woman's wallet and purse April 29 on Oak Hill Drive in Port Richey, and robbing a Check 'n Go office at 7205 State Road 54 on May 1, implying that he had a gun.

He is also suspected in the May 4 robbery of the Winn-Dixie at 6033 State Road 54, where a clerk was hit on the head with a metal object, and a robbery at a Sunoco station at 6445 State Road 54, where the robber implied he had a gun and threatened to hurt the clerk.

The latest robbery happened Tuesday at the Hess gas station at 7319 Plathe Road in New Port Richey, where the robber held a clerk at gunpoint while making him put money in a bag.

Sizemore is listed in reports as homeless and known to frequent the area around SR 54 and Rowan Road.

He has been arrested before in Pasco on charges of having drug paraphernalia and dealing in stolen property.

Deputies searched Sizemore in the Thursday arrest and found two spoons and five needles on him, the report states.

He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, four counts of violation of probation and four counts of robbery, and was being booked Thursday into the Land O'Lakes jail.

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