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13-026 Detectives Release Surveillance Video In Attempt To Identify Suspect In Smash And Grab Burglary And Two Robberies At Same Convenience Store

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Robbery/Homicide Unit
-Burglary and Pawn Unit

What:
Detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect in a smash and grab burglary and two robberies at the Munchees Convenience Store in Dunedin. In the smash and grab burglary the suspect stole scratch-off lottery tickets. He and an unidentified female cashed the winning tickets at an area convenience store. In one of the robberies, the suspect also stole scratch-off lottery tickets. An unidentified female cashed those winning tickets at another area convenience store. Detectives want to speak to the women and ask the public for help to identify them. Surrveillance video and photos are available for release. A timeline of the events is below.

When:
The crimes occurred in January and February 2013.

Where:
The smash and grab; and both robberies occurred at the Munchees Convenience Store located at 2100 Bayshore Boulevard in Dunedin.

Why/How:
At about 5:57 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 the suspect smashed the window of the Munchees Convenience Store. He then entered the store and made his way behind the counter. The suspect began pulling large quantities of scratch-off lottery tickets and putting them into a garbage bag that he found behind the counter. Detectives say he stole approximately 100 tickets along with several packets of cigarettes. Check out the video here.

The suspect is described as a white male about 6 feet tall, about 165 pounds with a medium build. In the video he is seen wearing a gray jacket with a hood.The jacket has a red lining along the collar area. He also appears to be wearing a ball cap under the hood.

A few hours later, a male believed to be the suspect and an unidentified female companion are seen cashing winning lottery tickets at the 7-11 located at 100 Alt 19 in Palm Harbor. (Surveillance photos are below). Detectives would like to speak to the female and request the public’s assistance to identify her also.

Possible suspect and unidentified female cashing scratch-off lottery tickets at 7-11.

Possible suspect cashing scratch-off lottery tickets at 7-11.

 At about 9:35 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013 the suspect entered the Munchees, went behind the counter and ordered the clerk to open the register and safe. The clerk complied in opening the register and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarette packs. Detectives request the media play the audio portion of this video for their audiences to see if the public might recognize and identify the suspect by his voice. Check out the video here.

The suspect is described of similar height and weight as that of the smash and grab burglar; and he is wearing what appears to be the same gray jacket with a hood and the red lining along the collar and front. His face is covered with a bandanna.

According to detectives, this same suspect may be responsible for an armed robbery that occurred at the same Munchees store on Thursday, January 17th, 2013. Detectives say in this case, the suspect entered the store armed with a handgun. He ordered the clerk to open the register and demanded cash. He then demanded scratch-off lottery tickets and spice. The clerk complied with the demand. The suspect fled on foot. Witnesses provided a description similar to the one of the suspect listed in the above mentioned cases.

On January 22, 2013 another unidentified female cashed tickets stolen from this armed ro bbery at the Citgo Gas Station Convenience Store located at 1301 Missouri Avenue in Clearwater. (Surveillance photo is below.) Detectives would like to speak to this woman and request the public’s help to identify her.

Unidentified Female Cashing Scratch-Off Lottery Tickets at Citgo

The investigation continues.

Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is asked to contact Detective Jeff Capra of the Robbery/Homicide Unit or Detective Holly Tsanakaliotis of the Burglary and Pawn Unit at 727-582-6200.

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