By Matt Wiley
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) is seeking the public’s help in locating two suspects they believe are responsible for a string of robberies dating back to July 22, including one just south of Tampa Palms on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd.
According to HCSO, just after midnight on July 22, two black male suspects of unknown age — one wearing a hockey mask and wielding a revolver, the other wearing a dark bandana — began a cross-county robbery spree in Valrico, hitting a Circle K on Lumsden Rd. The two confronted the clerk and demanded money and lottery tickets. They even stole a donation jar from the checkout counter.
About two hours later, HCSO says the same robbers struck a 7-Eleven on Ehrlich Rd. in Carrollwood. The clerk saw them coming and hid in the cooler while the duo snatched more cash, lottery tickets and cigarettes, and then took off on foot.
Most recently, HCSO reports, the same robbers are suspected of holding up the Kangaroo Express gas station at the intersection of BBD and Skipper Rd., just south of Tampa Palms, around 11:30 p.m. on August 4.
Anyone with any information is urged to call HCSO at 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 873-TIPS (8477). Tips also can be reported anonymously online at CrimeStoppersTB.com or by sending a text to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).