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ATM case helps solve string of robberies

Police nab two high schoolers accused of robbing ATM customers, which helps deputies.

By ABBIE VANSICKLE
Published July 14, 2006


TEMPLE TERRACE - When police nabbed two high school students accused of robbing ATM customers, they helped sheriff's deputies solve eight other recent robberies.

Sherman Bryant, 17, and Brandon J. McMillan, 16, are accused of robbing and roughing up customers at a Wachovia ATM at 5880 E Fowler Ave., according to Temple Terrace police. Bryant attends King High School. McMillan goes to Riverview High School.

An anonymous caller helped police identify the youths.

Bryant, of 12701 N 50th Ave., Apt. A 13, was arrested Wednesday night. McMillan, of 2013 Shadow Pine Drive, also was arrested that night after his parents brought him to the Temple Terrace Police Department.

As police were looking for those two suspects, Hillsborough sheriff's deputies noticed the description of the ATM robbers matched that of suspects in several other recent unsolved robberies, stretching from Skipper Road and 42nd Street toward eastern Hillsborough County.

Deputies say Bryant is the common link between all the crimes. They have charged him with eight counts of armed robbery, one for each of the incidents.

Bryant also faces a charge of attempted robbery of a pedestrian, police say. He is accused of trying to rob a pedestrian at 5901 E Fowler Ave., on Saturday.

Jeffrey B. Argo, 17, of 11710 Raintree Village Blvd., Apt. C, was also accused in that attempted robbery, police say.

By Thursday evening, police and deputies had identified two young men also believed to be part of the other robberies.

Jelani Smith, 18, of 11819 Raintree Village Boulevard, Apt. C, in Temple Terrace, faces seven counts of armed robbery, deputies say.

Bobby Lee Roberson III, 18, of 3016 N 42nd St., in Tampa, faces seven counts of armed robbery for his role, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

Smith and Roberson are being held at the Hillsborough County jail. The others were taken to a juvenile center, Carter said.

Abbie VanSickle can be reached at 813 226-3373 or vansickle@sptimes.com.

[Last modified July 14, 2006, 05:41:23]


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