MANATEE — Two masked gunmen early Monday robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
About 2:05 a.m., the robbers entered the store at 4451 Tallevast Road, and demanded the clerk hand over cash. At one point, one of the suspects told the clerk, "Don't screw around, hurry up, hurry up," a news release states.
Eventually, the gunmen fled with cash and several packs of cigarettes, according to the report.
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Investigators do not know if the robbery was connected to a recent rash of hold-ups in Manatee, "but there are similarities," said sheriff's office spokesman Dave Bristow.
Twelve convenience stores, restaurants and other businesses were robbed between March 23 and April 6. Two suspects were arrested after the 12th robbery, but Palmetto police said two other suspects got away.
One of the suspects was described as standing between 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He was wearing a white hood and all black clothing.
The second suspect was described as standing 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He was wearing a black hood, gray sweatshirt and black pants, according to the sheriff's office.
Anyone with information about the robberies can call the sheriff's office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.