Marion County Sheriff's Office looking into possible connected armed robberies
OCALA, Fla.-- Investigators in Marion County are trying to determine if three armed robberies in the past two days are connected to each other.
Lisa Taylor is the mother of a woman who works at the Kangaroo Gas Station off of Gainesville Road in Ocala.
The store is one of three robbed since early Monday morning.
Taylor tells TV20her daughter was not working when the store was robbed twice, but she's now afraid to come to work.
"I don't want nothing to happen to her, 'cause I love my children. All of 'em. She's getting uncomfortable working here. So, I really think the Sheriff's Department should really patrol this area heavily, at night, especially after 1:00, or, I mean after 12:00 at night," she says.
TV20 spoke with officials at the Marion County Sheriff's Office, who say they're trying to do whatever they can to catch the suspect.
"Our detectives are working really hard on these cases. Wer're thinking out of the box on how we can probably, you know, bring these robberies to an end," says Lauren Lettelier, Public Information Officer for the Sheriff's Office.
The first robbery was at another Kangaroo station on North US Highway 441 in Reddick.
The most recent was Tuesday night at a Family Dollar store on Northwest 45th Terrace in Ocala, which is in the Ocala Police Department's jurisdiction.
In all three robberies, the suspect has been described as a man in all black clothing with a handgun.
Lettelier says the similarities in the robberies is what made them team up with police.
"There's a lot of different things that are making us think that these cases are similar, so it's not just one particular aspect of the case. So, we're looking into all of the possible aspects with the Ocala Police Department to see if our cases are related," she said.
But, for residents like Taylor, they want to see him behind bars as quickly as possible.
"Catch him. Wherever (he's) at. If anybody knows anything, if you know anything about this robbery, go to the Marion County Sheriff's Department and let them know, because my daugher works here and her life is in jeopardy."
Those with information are encouraged to contact the Ocala Crimestoppers at 352-368-7867.
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