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Two from Lakeland held in kidnapping-robberies

Two men from Lakeland have been jailed on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping in Hillsborough County.

Isaac Mathieu, 20, was arrested Friday in the Hernando County Jail, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. Mathieu is accused of having robbed an Eckerd drug store on W Hillsborough Avenue on Aug. 25.

Armed with a handgun, the robber and a partner herded six employees into an office, tied up one employee and took a large sum of money.

Samuel Knight, 19, was arrested in Polk County on a warrant charging him with robbing a Walgreens drug store on Martin Luther King Boulevard on Dec. 26. The robber and a partner, armed with handguns, tied up six employees and forced the manager to open a register.

Investigators are looking into other, similar robberies in Tampa during the past four months.

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