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Police seek man in two robberies

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 5, 2000

TAMPA -- Two robberies within minutes of each other Monday night in the Palma Ceia area may have been committed by the same man, police said.

Around 7:30 p.m., a white man around 6 feet tall walked into Kalupas Bakery at 3828 W Neptune Drive, one block west of S Dale Mabry Highway.

He demanded cash from the 16-year-old clerk, and she complied by leaving the cash drawer on the counter.

Police said the young clerk didn't see a weapon or a car, but she said the suspect was in his late 20s, wearing a green, white and black plaid shirt, jeans, brown boots and a black mesh baseball cap.

He had stubble on his face and was wearing latex gloves.

Thirty minutes later, a man matching that description entered Shiny Nails at 3218 S Dale Mabry and implied that he had a weapon, police said.

The 35-year-old manicurist in the shop told police he took $20 from a stand in the back of the business and left in a tan midsize car with masking tape over the license tag.

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