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Police searching for violent robbery suspect

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He strolls into the Dunkin Donuts on East Hillsborough Avenue wearing a smile on his face and a gun in his waistband.

"He shows a firearm, tells the employees to go back to the bathroom, takes off all their clothes tells them to dress slowly," said Tampa Police Detective Jason Brocato.

Detective Brocato said this was the second stop in a violent crime spree.

The first was a carjacking about a block away a block away from Dunkin Donuts.

"He drives around about an hour, making threatening remarks

The most recent happened at Comfort for Less, a furniture store on North Nebraska.

"He walked in and showed a firearm," said Detective Brocato.

The woman he robbed was too scared to talk on camera, but told FOX 13 the robbery happened at closing time.

He asked directions, then pulled a gun and got away with $85.

"He is definitely widening his scope of where he is going. It appears they're of opportunity and not of surveillance," said Detective Brocato.

A carjacking, a donut shop, and furniture don't have a lot in common, but officers have picked up on an unusual pattern: the suspect takes the victim's cell phones, takes the battery out of the back, and then leaves. Leaving them without a way to call for help right away.

"Typically robbers with this type of behavior will do things to slow down the response of the police to come," said Detective Brocato.

Officers hope they'll stop him before he finds his next victim.

"We are worried he will escalate as he continues this crime spree," Brocato said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stopper at 1-800-873-TIPS, or report online at www.crimestopperstb.com

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