St. Petersburg Police investigate 4 armed convenience store robberies in week's time

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Video: Kenwood Citgo gas station robbery

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St. Petersburg, Florida -- The search is on for two young men wanted in connection with at least four convenience store robberies in the past week. 

St. Pete Police say the first robbery took place on Feb. 5 around 10 p.m. at the Kenwood Citgo gas station on 34th Street North. 

During the robbery one of the men, while armed with a semi-automatic handgun reached over the counter and threatened the clerk while the other went behind the counter and took cash, loose change and lottery tickets.

The unarmed suspect was seen wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt with what appears to be the words "Pinellas Park" in white letters on the front.

Since that robbery, police believe the same two men, described to be in their late teens to early 20's, are responsible for two others.

The other two robberies both occurred on Feb. 11. The first took place at the Chevron gas station in the 5400 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Street North around 9:50 p.m.

The two men entered the store with their faces covered and confronted the cashier. One of the men was armed with a handgun and pointed it at the cashier. Both men then went behind the counter and opened the two cash register drawers. As they were leaving, the armed man also took the cashier's cell phone.

About 15 minutes later, the same two men robbed the KR Food Store in the 2800 block of 16th Street North.

In that robbery, one of them entered the store alone. When the other entered the store, he then pointed the gun at the cashier while a customer was still standing at the counter and demanded money from the register. The other then reached over the counter and stole the money from the register.

St. Pete Police say today's robbery occurred around 11:10 a.m. at the Sunoco Station at 6800 4th Street North.

The men not only robbed the cashier but a delivery driver in the store at the time. Police say the scenario was the same in this most recent case as in all the others -- the armed man holding up the cashier while the unarmed man grabs cash from behind the counter.

Anyone who might recognize these two men or have any information concerning the robbery is asked to call Detective Reginald Mitchell at 727-893-4204. Caller may also use 727-893-7780 or the TIP line at 727-892-5000. For those who would like to provide tips on the robberies through Crime Stoppers you can do so at 1-800-873-TIPS or at www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org.

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