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Tampa police investigate two overnight convenience store holdups

TAMPA — Police were investigating Monday a pair of overnight robberies at two Tampa convenience stores.

The first robbery happened just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday when a man walked into the Radiant Food Store at 1930 N Dale Mabry Highway. The man, wearing a red ski mask and holding his hand inside his jacket implying he had a gun, approached a clerk and demanded money from a cash register, police said. After taking cash, the man fled on foot.

A police dog tracked his scent to the area of W Walnut Street and N Harold Avenue, police said. At that spot, the man was believed to have gotten into a dark older-model pickup truck and fled.

In addition to the red ski mask, the man wore a red hooded sweatshirt, a tan corduroy jacket, dark jeans and white sneakers. He had dirty blonde hair, police said.

The second robbery happened just before 4 a.m. at a Sunoco gas station at 3401 E Hillsborough Ave. A man walked in, pointed a black handgun at a clerk and demanded money, police said. After getting cash, he walked out of the store and fled in a white car.

He was described as in his mid 20s with a dark complexion, medium build, and about 5-feet 5-inches tall. During the robbery, he wore a black T-shirt with red lettering and gray jeans.

Anyone with information about either of the robberies is asked to call Tampa police at (813) 231-6130.