Darryl Lenard Robinson, 19, already has posted bond and been released from jail
A man accused of being among those who robbed or tried to rob several stores in Marion County this summer has been arrested in Tampa.
According to Hillsborough County Jail records, Darryl Lenard Robinson, 19, of Tampa, was arrested by Tampa Police officers on charges of carrying a concealed firearm and armed robbery. Robinson was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail and released on Monday after posting a $12,000 bond.
Marion County Sheriff's Detective Billy Burleson noted in a report that Robinson's fingerprints were lifted from a trash bag left left behind at one of the Marion robbery scenes: the Circle K at 12475 NW Gainesville Road.
There were five robberies or attempted robberies at convenience store/gas stations between July 31 and Aug. 9.
Three of the cases were back-to-back-to-back in the City of Ocala, between 2:15 and 3:46 a.m. on July 31. The victimized stores were the Circle K/Mobil station at 3420 W. Silver Springs Blvd., the Shell station at 1741 S. Pine Ave., and the Marathon at 3821 SW State Road 200.
The Circle K at 12475 NW Gainesville Road was hit about 4 a.m. on Aug. 7, and the Sunoco at 13003 N. U.S. 441 was robbed just before 6 a.m. on Aug. 9.
Detectives from both the Ocala Police Department and the MCSO think the cases are likely connected, and have released pictures and a video of the suspects to identify the robbers.
In each case, the robbers — believed to be young, and usually in groups of three or four — barged into the businesses wearing some type of hoodie concealing their faces. The culprits suggested they were armed and threatened to use the firearm if their demands of cash and cigarettes were not met. At some stores, they took merchandise; at one place, they left empty handed.
Anyone with information can call the MCSO at 732-9111 or the OPD at 369-7000. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP or visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com.
Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, firstname.lastname@example.org or @almillerosb