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    published June 11, 2002
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    Armed robbers strike more fast-food restaurants

    TAMPA -- Armed robbers struck three more fast-food restaurants late Sunday and early Monday, bringing to 11 the number of similar robberies in the past week, officials said.

    "They're basically on a rampage," said Hillsborough Sheriff's Lt. Rod Reder.

    The men, armed with handguns and a hammer, tried to rob employees at a McDonald's on Dale Mabry Highway and Sligh Avenue at 1:25 a.m. Monday but fled when they noticed employees using a phone, Reder said.

    Shortly after 3 a.m., they entered a McDonald's at 10019 E Adamo Drive and robbed the manager in the office, he said.

    Sunday at 11 p.m., the men broke a glass door at the Burger King at 6901 N Armenia Ave., police said, and robbed the store.

    Although the men have used guns in all the robberies, no one has been injured.

    Police reports show the general descriptions of the men are usually the same: Black, between 5 feet 10 and 6 feet, thin builds. They wear masks or cover their faces with T-shirts.

    Woman killed while crossing Dale Mabry Highway

    TAMPA -- A pedestrian was killed Monday morning as she ran across Dale Mabry Highway in Carrollwood, authorities said.

    A Ford van driven by Edwin Hernandez, 38, of 1716 Rio Vista Ave., struck the woman at 7:24 a.m., the Florida Highway Patrol said.

    The woman was running across the northbound lanes of Dale Mabry when she was hit. The FHP said she did not see the van.

    The woman's name was not released Monday because relatives had not been notified.

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