BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - Two suspects are on the loose after robbing a gas station in Bradenton early Monday morning.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says around 3:15 a.m. deputies were called to a robbery at the Speedway Gas Station located at 8604 SR 70 E. Deputies say the suspects walked into the store and tried to distract the clerk by asking him about items behind the counter. The clerk refused to move and deputies say the suspects left the store and returned a few seconds later, running to the back of the store and telling the clerk they had a gun.
Deputies say one suspect watched the clerk while the second suspect went behind the counter with a large black plastic bag and stole an unknown amount of cigarettes. The clerk told deputies he never saw a gun.
Deputies say in a release, they believe the two unidentified men are connected to other gas station robberies.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS