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Two arrested in connection with armed robberies

Two arrested in connection with armed robberies

TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Tampa Police along with U.S. Marshals arrest a couple wanted in six armed robberies. Police said tips started pouring in 15 minutes after surveillance video was released and photographs of the suspects' most recent ATM robbery.

Police said the man and woman were both suspects wanted for a string of armed robberies, including three robberies involving a stun gun.

Police said shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, authorities took 29-year-old Justin Burgess and 33-year-old Heather Herrera into custody while they were standing in front of a home in Tampa.

Tampa PD said detectives charged them with committing three armed robberies that took place overnight on March 18. They were also charged with committing an earlier armed robbery on February 27 where police said Burgess shocked a man with a stun gun and then stole his medication, according to TPD.  

Police said detectives with HCSO and St. Pete PD each charged the couple with one count of armed robbery. 

Tampa Police said detectives started receiving tips from the public, fifteen minutes after sharing surveillance video and photos of the couple on social media. They also said the posts from the March 18 armed robbery at a Bank of America ATM generated up to 30 tips that came through the department's police dispatch and Crime Stoppers. Police said several of those tips led them to Herrera and that numerous individuals, including Herrera's probation officer, positively identified her as the female suspect seen on the surveillance footage. Her probation officer also helped detectives identify Burgess, Herrera's boyfriend, as an accomplice, police said.

Police said the pair was taken to the Hillsborough County jail where they each will be booked on six counts of armed robbery.

Photo Credit 970 WFLA/S. Parker

 

 

 

 

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