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Robber strikes AmSouth Bank

A man who claimed to be armed with a gun robbed AmSouth Bank shortly before noon Monday, police said.

After the man left the bank at 3463 22nd Ave. N, a hidden dye pack exploded and caused him to drop the money, police said. He was seen picking up the money and getting into a late-model, cream-colored Chevrolet or Buick, police said.

He was described as white, in his 30s, about 5-feet-10 and between 155 and 180 pounds. He had a mustache and collar-length brown hair. He was wearing a light-colored baseball cap, Polo-style shirt and shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call 893-7263.

Pizza store robber

gets away on bike

ST. PETERSBURG _ A robber fired two gunshots at a Domino's Pizza employee late Sunday before riding away on a bicycle and balancing the store's cash drawer on his handlebars, police said.

An employee of the store at 365 Eighth St. S returned from a delivery about 11:05 p.m., and the door's electronic lock was released for him to go inside. As the door closed behind him, the robber slipped inside, police said.

The robber, who concealed his face with a shirt, was carrying a gun. He left the store, carrying the cash register's drawer, said Officer Lilla Davis, a police spokeswoman. Another employee followed him outside, and the robber fired twice.

No one was injured, Davis said. The robber was seen heading south on Eighth Street on his bike.

Police were investigating whether he was the same person who robbed the Domino's a week earlier.

Fire set at Boyd Hill

park to clear brush

ST. PETERSBURG _ Billowing smoke from Boyd Hill Nature Park could be seen for miles for most of Monday. But a fire there was under control the whole time, officials said.

Small fires were set as part of a controlled burn intended to prevent natural brush fires and touch off a cycle of growth, said park supervisor Ken Yancey.

About 25 acres of the preserve's 245 acres were burned, Yancey said. The area had not had a controlled burn in 15 years, he said.

Such burns trigger seeding, Yancey said, and they burn dead, dry vegetation that might otherwise burn in a brush fire. The wildlife was safe, Yancey said.

The nesting season is over, he said, so animals flee to other areas of the park to avoid flames and smoke.

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