Police Searching for Couple Involved in String of Armed Robberies
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Tampa Police detectives are actively working to identify a male and a female who committed three armed robberies that occurred between 10:30 p.m. last night and 3:40 a.m. this morning. At this time, detectives do believe that all three armed robberies are related based on the suspects’ descriptions provided by the victims and video surveillance.
Anyone with information about this armed robbery is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) or text "CSTB plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES). Anonymous tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash.
***PREVIOUS RELEASE OVERNIGHT ATM ROBBERIES***
DATE/TIME: 3/18/2014 at 10:34 p.m.
LOCATION: 100 North Westshore Boulevard, Tampa
DATE/TIME: 3/18/2014 at 10:51 p.m.
LOCATION: 3030 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
At 10:34 PM on March 18, 2014, Ms. Apryl L. Bailey drove up to the Bank of America ATM machine located at 100 N. Westshore Blvd to withdraw money. While removing the money from the machine, a W/M suspect approached and pointed a black handgun at her, snatched the money out of her hands, and told her to drive away. Ms. Bailey was not injured. The suspect fled in a black colored 2-door, sedan, driven by an second unidentified person.
At 10:51 PM on March 18, 2014, Mr. Paul Guijarro drove up to the Bank of America drive-up ATM machine located at 3030 W. Kennedy Blvd to withdraw money. Upon entering his debit card and PIN number in the machine, he observed a black, 2 door, vehicle stop behind him in the ATM lane. Suspect #1 exited from the driver's side of the vehicle and approached Mr. Guijarro, pointing a pistol at him and advising Mr. Guijarro to drive away. As Mr. Guijarro drove away, the suspect removed currency from the ATM machine and fled in a black 2-door, vehicle. Mr. Guijarro was not injured.
At this time, no arrests have been made. Bank of America security has been notified of the incidents and are working with police.
Suspect #1 has been described as a W/M 22-25 yoa, 5'9- 5'11, 150-180 lbs, black scarf over mouth, wearing dark plaid long sleeve shirt with jeans, dark ski cap
Suspect #2: W/F or W/M, wearing a black bandana tied around the head, brown fleece hoodie with hood over head.
Lt. Bill Ferguson
Tampa Police Department.
***PREVIOUS RELEASE ARMED ROBBERY AT GRAND HYATT***
DATE/TIME: 3/19/2014 at 3:37 a.m.
LOCATION: 2900 Bay Port Drive, Tampa
Armed Robbery at 2900 Bay Port Drive (Grand Hyatt)
The two victims had breakfast at Denny's and then drove to the Grand Hyatt on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. According to the victims, they were parked in the parking garage watching videos on their cell phones when two suspects approached on foot.
Suspect #1 pointed a handgun at the couple demanding their cash. He received money and jewelry.
Suspect #2 stood by the driver's door armed with a pistol.
The suspects fled in a black, 2 or 4-door vehicle, compact vehicle, possibly a Nissan or Toyota.
K-9 and Air Service responded to locate the suspects, but they were not found.
Suspect #1 is described as a W/M, thin build, brown eyes, 25-27 years old, dark hair, black bandana covering his face. Armed with a semi-automatic handgun
Suspect #2 is described as a W/F, skinny with a "bony face", 25-27 years old, blonde hair, black hoodie with a black bandana covering her face.
There were no injuries. These suspects may be involved in the overnight robberies at the ATM machines.