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Armed man robs 7-11 on Hesperides Street

By AMY HERDY

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 12, 2000


TOWN 'N COUNTRY -- A man dressed in black and armed with a black gun held up a 7-11 store, deputies said.

The incident happened Monday at 1:45 a.m. at the store at 5604 Hesperides St. Records show a man entered the store and pretended to be purchasing a drink before he showed his semi-automatic handgun to the clerk, took money and ran off in an unknown direction.

Man with knife robs Carrollwood Eckerd

CARROLLWOOD -- A suspect armed with a knife robbed a drug store, deputies said.

The incident happened Monday at 5:30 a.m. at the Eckerd drugstore at 6607 N Dale Mabry Highway. Deputies said a man asked a clerk for help in buying batteries, then produced a six or seven-inch, silver double-edged knife.

The man took money from the register, then ran off.

Sunny Food Store on Skipper Road robbed

UNIVERSITY NORTH -- An unknown suspect robbed a local convenience store, deputies said.

The incident happened Tuesday at 4:30 a.m. at the Sunny Food Store at 1202 Skipper Road.

Deputies said a man drove up in a van, pried open the back door to the business and took an undetermined amount of cash and property before fleeing.

Man steals girl's purse near bus stop

UNIVERSITY NORTH -- A 14-year-old girl was attacked near a bus stop by a man who took her purse, then fled. Records show the incident happened Monday shortly after 8 a.m. at a bus stop at N 30 Street and E 147th Avenue.

The victim, who was not identified, was walking when a maroon car with five young men stopped. One of the passengers got out of the car, deputies said, kicked the girl in the right knee and took her purse.

Intruder ties up daughter, robs father

UNIVERSITY NORTH -- A man broke into a home and tied up a 12-year-old girl before robbing her father, deputies said.

The incident happened Monday at 7 a.m. in the 14000 block of N Nebraska Ave.

Deputies said a man cut out a screen on a rear bedroom window and entered a home where he confronted the girl in the living room.

The man hit the girl in the head with an auto theft device, deputies said, before tying her hands with a phone cord and putting a rag in her mouth.

At that point, the girl's father returned home from taking her mother to work a few blocks away, and was confronted by the suspect, who armed himself with a knife and a baseball bat.

The father asked the suspect to take money and not hurt anyone. The man took money from the father and fled.

Man prays with trucker, robs him

CARROLLWOOD -- A trucker sleeping in the cab of his semi tractor-trailer was robbed at gunpoint by a man who prayed with him, deputies said.

The incident happened Tuesday at 1 a.m. at 3701 W Lambright Ave., where 59-year-old Harold Dillard of Mineral Bluff, Ga., was asleep in his truck when he awoke to answer a knock at his cab door.

A man armed with a silver semi-automatic pistol demanded $2,000 from Dillard, deputies said, who explained he did not have the money, and began to pray.

At that point, Dillard later told deputies, the suspect crawled into Dillard's truck with him, and began to pray and read the Bible with him.

After several minutes, deputies said, the suspect took Dillard's wallet and fled.

Woman's purse stolen at gunpoint in Lutz

LUTZ -- A woman was robbed at gunpoint, deputies said, in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

The incident happened Monday shortly after 11 p.m. at Lakeview at Calusa Trace Apartments at 18101 Calusa Trace Blvd.

Deputies said a 68-year-old woman was coming home when an unknown man put a handgun to her head and demanded her purse before he ran away.

Tutor Time Childcare ransacked, robbed

CITRUS PARK -- A local child care business was robbed, deputies said, by a hungry suspect who fled undetected.

The incident happened Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. at Tutor Time Childcare at 8643 Gunn Highway.

Deputies said someone pried open the back door of the business and ransacked a refrigerator before they took money and fled.

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