St. Petersburg, Florida – A couple has been arrested after admitting to taking part in a several armed robberies, some of which included the use of a stun gun.
"They knew the gig was up and it was just a matter of time," said Det. Nathan Horvath with the Tampa Police Department.
TPD, with the help of the U.S. Marshals Task Force, took the couple into custody around 1 p.m. Thursday.
Police say Justin Burgess and Heather Herrera confessed to taking part in six robberies that spanned two counties since late February.
The first incident took place on Feb. 27 outside a pharmacy on North Nebraska Avenue when Burgess allegedly used a stun gun on a man and stole his medication.
A day later, police say he used a stun gun on a woman who was using the ATM at the Bank of America on the corner of Gandy Boulevard and Martin Luther King Blvd, but got away empty-handed in that case.
According to police, their crime spree picked up once again on Wednesday night just after 10:30 p.m., but this time ditching the stun gun for something more menacing.
"He said it didn't work out very well for him. The problem was a stun gun just temporarily shocks somebody and then they fight back and it makes them even more angry. "That's when they escalated to the fictitious firearms," Det. Horvath said.
Details released by the police department notes that they approached a woman at the Bank of America ATM on N. Westshore Blvd while she was removing cash, pointed a gun at her, and snatch the money out of her hand.
Roughly 20 minutes later, they reportedly approached a man at the Bank of America drive-thru on West Kennedy Blvd and after the victim punched in his PIN, pointed a gun at him and told him to drive away.
Several hours later, they allegedly took a different approached by robbing a couple in the parking garage of the Grand Hyatt at the Courtney Campbell Causeway.
But it was a camera inside the ATM at the very last Bank of America robbery that captured a clear enough image of a woman resembling Herrera, which was released to the public via social media and led to the arrests.
"Within 15 minutes, I think, we had the female identified," said Horvath.
Police say they found the couple mid-day Thursday and discovered evidence inside their Meadowview Circle resident.
"We were able to find the BB gun, a pellet gun that they were using. We also found the stun gun, bandannas and all the articles of clothing they used to rob our victim's with."
Both are being held at the Hillsborough County Jail facing four counts of armed robbery in Tampa, one armed robbery count in Hillsborough County and one armed robbery count in Saint Petersburg.