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7 robberies may be connected

Sheriff's deputies and police are looking for a man who may be responsible for seven convenience store robberies in the past week. Sheriff's spokesman Jack Espinosa said a robber with a sawed-off shotgun has stolen an undisclosed amount of money from three convenience stores in unincorporated Hillsborough County and from four convenience stores in Tampa.

Detectives say they think all seven cases are related. In all cases, the robber had the cashier open the register under the pretense of buying something. Once the register was open, the robber pulled out the shotgun and took cash from the drawer.

No one has been injured in the robberies.

Four of the robberies took place between 1:10 a.m. and 3:40 a.m. Tuesday. Witnesses described the man as black, between 5 feet 10 and 6 feet tall, 180 to 210 pounds, 25 to 28 years old, with short black hair and brown eyes.

The last robbery took place early Wednesday at the Circle K Store on Florida and Hillsborough avenues. In that incident the robber was wearing a blue-and-white flannel shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on the robberies should contact the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8201.

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