Big Lots on Starkey Road robbed

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 10, 2008


A masked man robbed the Big Lots store at 7600 Starkey Road in Seminole Friday at about 9:30 p.m., escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash, the Pinellas Sheriff's Office said Saturday. The robber, who carried a dark handgun, demanded the night's receipts from four employees and told them to lie on the floor as he fled out a back door. No injuries were reported. Deputies described the robber as being in his late 20s, stocky build, wearing baggy clothes, a baseball cap and a green bandanna across his face. Anyone with information on the robbery or the robber is asked to call the Sheriff's robbery unit at (727) 582-6200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS to remain anonymous.


Child struck, killed by SUV at mobile home

A 7-year-old girl died Friday night after a sport utility vehicle hit her in the mobile home park where she lived with her parents, the Sheriff's Office said.

Tatum Johnson was playing in the dirt road on 1510 E 148th Ave. when a vehicle driven by Roland Rodriguez, 26, struck her at about 9:30 p.m., sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway said. Rodriguez drove Tatum and her parents to University Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Callaway said.

The incident was still under investigation, but appears to have been an accident, he said.