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 December 1st, 2009  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara asks for public's help to solve series of armed robberies in unincorporated St. Lucie County
Three times in November, armed robbers stole money at gunpoint from businesses in unincorporated St. Lucie County, and Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is asking for the public's help to arrest the robbers.

"We believe there is a possibility that the same people committed all three robberies," Sheriff Mascara said. "In each of the robberies, the robber fired a gunshot. Fortunately, no one was hit by gunfire."

In all three robberies, cash was taken from a store, and the robbers concealed their faces either with masks or with a bandana.

"If people have information about these robberies, I am asking them to contact our detectives or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers," Sheriff Mascara said. "If the information leads to an arrest, the Crime Stoppers tipster can be eligible for a cash reward. Those giving tips to Crime Stoppers don't have to give their names to be eligible for the reward."

People can anonymously telephone Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477), or they can report their tips on the Crime Stoppers web site, www.tcwatch.com. People can also call 9-1-1 in St. Lucie County or St. Lucie County Sheriff's detective offices at 772-462-3230.

The first of the three robberies took place at the KFC restaurant, 6632 South U.S.1, Port St. Lucie, on the night of Nov. 1. One suspect fired a gunshot at a store employee outside the back door of the restaurant as the robbers fled.

The second robbery took place just after midnight on Nov. 11 at the 7-11 Store, 3110 Oleander Ave., Fort Pierce. In that robbery, the suspect fired a gunshot into the store as he left. The bullet pierced a hole in a light fixture.

The third robbery took place Nov. 29 at the Fort Pierce Food and Gas store, 2840 North U.S.1, Fort Pierce, around 9 p.m. One of the two robbers fired a gunshot into the ceiling of the store. * * *

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