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St. Pete store robbed twice possibly by same suspect

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has reported that it is looking for the suspect(s) who robbed the City Food Market located at 5028 66th Street North in St. Petersburg on two different occasions. 

According to detectives, at about 11:45 p.m. on March 27 a suspect can be seen on surveillance video prior to the robbery, crouched down outside the store entrance.

After waking into the store, detectives say, the suspect pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash the suspect left the scene on foot.

Authorities say the suspect, in this robbery, is described as a black male, approximately 18 -25 years of age, average build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt (inside out - tag showing), white shirt under hooded sweatshirt, basketball shorts, gloves, slippers and armed with a handgun.

In another instance, this time on April 2 at around 8:15 p.m., deputies say a black male entered the same store and motioned he had a gun in his sweatshirt and demanded money. The suspect fled after the clerk gave handed him an undisclosed amount of cash.  In this case, deputies say a white, mid-size, late model, four door vehicle was seen leaving the area. However, detectives are not sure if this vehicle is related to the robbery.

The suspect in the second robbery is described as a black male, approximately 18 - 25 years of age, average build, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with a black design, khaki shorts and black and white tennis shoes.

Detectives are investigating to see if these incidents are related and if it is the same person. Detectives do believe the suspect is familiar with this geographical area.

The investigation continues.

Anyone with information on either robbery is asked to contact Detective Amy Booth of the Robbery/Homicide Unit at (727) 582-6200 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1800-873-TIPS.

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