Man arrested in string of robberies

MANATEE -- A Manatee County man has been charged with armed robbery in Manatee County, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, and is a suspect in a Tampa case.

Lashay Cooper, 20, was arrested for armed robberies at Uppy's, 7219 U.S. 41 North, Palmetto, on Oct. 25, 2009, and Chevron, 14315 S.R. 70, Bradenton, on Oct. 27, 2009, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office announced Monday.

The two Manatee County robberies, and the robberies in St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa occured over a five-day period.