• CRIME SPREE: Deputies search for men accused of 2 carjackings, 3 armed robberies in 4 counties

    By: Cierra Putman , James Tutten


    DELTONA, Fla. - Employees and customers were forced to the floor of a Volusia County gas station Friday morning by masked men during an armed robbery.

    Now investigators said the robbery was one of five crimes in several counties over 24 hours the men are believed to be involved in.

    Sheriff's offices in Orange, Seminole and Volusia counties, as well as Leesburg police, are all working together to find three masked men.


    Investigators said the first carjacking happened just before 10 p.m. Thursday in Orange County.

    The trio then hit Leesburg, an area near Sanford and Deltona before coming back to Orange County.

    Deputies said a 7-Eleven on Rose Avenue off Maitland Boulevard was the latest business to be hit.

    Early Friday morning, investigators said the men pulled up in stolen vehicles and then robbed the store.

    Surveillance photos from a Deltona Racetrac show the masked men with guns standing over customers facedown on the ground.

    A clerk said she also had a gun pointed at her and was hit with a gun.

    The Volusia County Sheriff's Office shared images showing two of the suspects. One was wearing a gray track suit and pointing a gun. The other man in a red tank top and gray pants.

    Deputies said both men were wearing ski masks and arrived in stolen vehicles. A red Hyundai with Florida tag KQQN91 was stolen Thursday night in Orange County, and that car was then used to steal a black Cadillac with Florida tag EEPI07 in Leesburg.

    The vehicles were then used to rob a Kangaroo near Sanford, a Racetrac gas station in Deltona and finally a 7-Eleven near Maitland.

    While there are only two men in the images, investigators said there was a third person driving the red Hyundai.

    Dispite the fact that two carjackings and three armed robberies occured in four counties, the good news is no one was seriously injured.

    Investigators are now hoping the surveillance images will help them make arrests.

    Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-227-TIPS.

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