3 of 5 men questioned in two-county crime spree



Three of five men believed to have robbed several stores in Orange and Seminole County were taken in for questioning Tuesday.

Deputies said they followed the men from a store on Orange Blossom Trail to Daisy Lane in Apopka, where the men ditched their stolen pickup truck and a gun and then ran away.

Investigators said they believe the truck was stolen overnight from RCG Construction in Apopka before the thieves went on a cross-county crime spree.

Deputies said they were on the lookout after there were three convenience store robberies: one on Orange Blossom Trail in Orange County, another in Longwood, where a cash register was stolen, and a third in Winter Springs, where the men stole an ATM.

The five men seen in surveillance video by authorities ditched their truck and then hopped in a car before it was stopped by deputies in Apopka.

Officers said they then found masks and burglary tools scattered across a lawn.    

Three people were taken in for questioning, and Anthony Robbins, 20, was arrested on unrelated charges.

The search for those involved continues, investigators said.