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Dunedin Beacon
Detectives seek help to ID robbers
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This frame taken from the surveillance video shows one robbery suspect holding a gun on the clerk near the door and a second robber holding a gun on another clerk behind the counter.
DUNEDIN – Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are asking the public’s help to identify to two suspects wanted in connection with an armed robbery at a Dunedin convenience store.

The robbery occurred at around 9:35 p.m. Jan. 15, at Munchies, 614 Union St., Dunedin.

According to detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit, two suspects entered the store. One ordered a store clerk - at gunpoint- to lay face down on the ground at the entrance of the store. The clerk complied. This suspect remained with this clerk as a lookout at the entrance of the establishment.

The other suspect ordered another store clerk to go behind the counter and demanded money and cigarettes. After the clerk complied, the suspect struck him over the head with the gun. The suspects then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash and with various cartons of cigarettes. As the suspects were leaving, they pointed a gun at a customer who was just arriving at the store.

The suspect who went behind the counter is described as a black male. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with a “Hollister” logo on the front and dark colored baggie pants. His nose and mouth were covered with a bandanna. He was carrying a red backpack.

The suspect who remained at the store entrance also is described as a black male. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, long black shorts with vertical white stripes on the side, and black and white basketball sneakers. He was also wearing a cover over his nose and mouth.

Detectives have released surveillance video, which is available at on YouTube at youtu.be/mHFIPVkszFc, and are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects in a Dunedin convenience store armed robbery. Audio is also available. Detectives are requesting that the public listen to the audio of the suspect when he goes behind the counter, as they believe someone out there may recognize his voice.

The clerk that was struck over the head suffered a small laceration. He was treated on scene by Dunedin Fire Rescue. Deputies responded to the 911 call and detectives began their investigation. A perimeter was set up around the area and the Sheriff’s K-9 Unit did a track with negative results.

Clearwater Police Department is also conducting an investigation into a robbery that occurred on Jan. 19 at Dodge’s Store at 1194 NE. Cleveland St. where the suspects may be the same individuals.

Anyone with information that might assist detectives in identifying the suspects is asked to call Detective Jeff Capra of the Robbery/Homicide Unit at 582-6200; or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.
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